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David Birkin + Mariam Ghani, Our System Failure billboard in Nashville, TN (photo by Clifford Picket + Alyssa Meadows)
David Birkin + Mariam Ghani, Our System Failure billboard for For Freedoms campaign in Nashville, TN (photo: Clifford Picket + Alyssa Meadows)


*The new three-channel video When the Spirits Moved Them, They Moved premieres at Ryan Lee Gallery in NYC, opening January 10th 6-8 pm and closing February 16th.

*My feature film What We Left Unfinished premieres at the 69th Berlinale, February 9th, with an encore on February 11th followed by screenings of three newly restored classic Afghan films.

*An excerpt from my new mid-length film Dis-Ease, commissioned for the international Wellcome project Contagious Cities, is in Germ City: Microbes & the Metropolis at the Museum of the City of New York through April 2019. The film was produced through a joint residency at the NYPL and the Graduate Center, CUNY; see below for related public programs.

*Our System Failure, my public art collaboration with David Birkin, was featured along with the older billboard project You say we are but dust … in the For Freedoms Fifty State Initiative, through December (in Des Moines, Nashville, Rochester, and St. Louis).


February 28th at 7:30 pm at UnionDocs, NYC, moderating a talk by filmmaker Shaherzad Maher after the screening of her film This Shaking Keeps Me Steady.

April 3rd at 6:30 pm at the New York Public Library, Schwarzman Building, and April 5th at 7 pm at the Segal Theater, Graduate Center, CUNY, two events unfolding the research behind my new film Dis-Ease.


*An interview about and glimpse into the research process for the film Dis-Ease, for the Wellcome Collection in September 2018

*The Garden of Forked Tongues, originally commissioned by the Queens Museum of Art in conjunction with Nonstop Metropolis: The Remix. A collaboration with the Endangered Language Alliance, Effi Ibok and Josh Begley.

*Rhizome recently preserved the 2004 web project How Do You See the Disappeared? A Warm Database as part of Net Art Anthology; Chitra and I had a conversation with Michael Connor about it and I was also on a New Museum panel about net art, dispersion and disappearance after 9/11 with Eva & Franco Mattes, David Joselit, and Aria Dean in November 2017.

*A conversation about art, activism, and how to win by losing with Vince Warren, director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, moderated by curator Amara Antilla, in August 2017

*A brief interview about public vs. private narratives and another about artists as change-makers for the Pew Center in April 2017

*October 2016 talk with Tricia Paik and Erin Ellen Kelly at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, during the show Mariam Ghani & Erin Ellen Kelly: Water, Land, City

*February 2016 talk about What we left unfinished and artists in times of war, as part of Critical Writing Ensembles at the Dhaka Art Summit

*Words on Terror, a 2016 poetry reading for the launch of Solmaz Sharif’s Look at the Asian American Writer’s Workshop, on the AAWW podcast

*I’m also (occasionally) on Twitter and Instagram.


*When the Spirits Moved Them, They Moved in The New York Times (January 2019)

*Five artists you need to know, in Elle India (June 2018)

*I responded to Frieze’s survey on the importance of art as a form of protest (March 2017)

*Some reactions to What Now: The Artist-Writer as Activist-Critic panel (December 2016)

*The City & The City in Art in America (November 2016), The Village Voice (October 2016), and Modern Art Notes (May 2015)

*The Garden of Forked Tongues in Fast Company (August 2016) and the Hyperallergic podcast (May 2016)

*Interview for the Guggenheim MAP about A Brief History of Collapses (May 2016)

*Interview with Sophia Guy-White about What we left unfinished for InRussia (December 2016)

*Interview with Owen Duffy in Artspace (September 2016)


*”Shahrazade in the Archives: A Testimony from Fragments” in Critical Writing Ensembles (Mousse, 2017).

*Portfolio in Frieze, September 2016.

*”Notes from a boycott” in Manifesta Journal 18, November 2014; reprinted in Shangri-La: Imagined Cities, 2014; and expanded in collaboration with Haig Aivazian for The Gulf: High Culture, Hard Labor (OR Books, 2015) and Assuming Boycott: Resistance, Agency and Cultural Production (OR Books, 2017). Bonus video: book launch panel at the Vera List Center.

*”Field notes for ‘What we left unfinished'” in Ibraaz Platform 006, December 2013; reprinted in Dissonant Archives: Contemporary Visual Culture and Contested Narratives in the Middle East (IB Tauris, 2015).

*”The Islands of Evasion: Notes on the Politics and Poetics of International Art English.” Triple Canopy, June 2013. Reprinted in Social Medium: Artists Writing 2000-2015 (Paper Monument, 2016) and International Art English (Triple Canopy, 2018).

*Afghanistan: A Lexicon available as a print and e-book from Hatje Cantz, excerpted on the NYRblog September 2012.


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