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Mariam Ghani & Erin Ellen Kelly, Forest of Legs, from the series When the Spirits Moved Them, They Moved, dye transfer print on dibond, 2019
Mariam Ghani & Erin Ellen Kelly, Forest of Legs, from the series When the Spirits Moved Them, They Moved, dye transfer print on dibond, 2019


*My (award-winning!) feature film What We Left Unfinished has been traveling since its premiere at the Berlinale in February 2019, alongside screenings of three newly restored classic Afghan films. In February 2020 it will be at DocPoint Talinn in Estonia on the 2nd and the Lahore Bienniale in Pakistan (through the 29th). An exhibition curated by Steven Matijcio around the film will also be on view at the Blaffer Art Museum in Houston from through March 14th, 2020. Follow the film on Twitter or Instagram for updates on future screenings and contact Good Docs to book an educational or museum screening in North America.

*Index of the Disappeared also has a parasitic archive installation at the University of Houston’s Anderson Library (open to the public!), in the Special Collections section, in conjunction with the Blaffer Art Museum show from mid-January to mid-March.

*When the Spirits Moved Them, They Moved is on view at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH, from October 12th, 2019, through February 2020, and will be at the Speed Museum in Louisville, KY, later in 2020.


*My 2013 essay for Creative Time Reports and Foreign Policy, “Parable of the Garden,” has been reprinted in the fabulous book Artists on the News, which features selections from the five years of Creative Time Reports and is edited by the amazing Marisa Mazria Katz. Get it here!


*An interview about and glimpse into the research process for new film in progress 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 preserved the 2004 web project How Do You See the Disappeared? A Warm Database as part of Net Art Anthology (now a book); 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.


*Recent press coverage of What We Left Unfinished (2019-2020)

*A profile in The Guardian for the UK premiere of What We Left Unfinished (June 2019)

*Dis-Ease in Contagion Live (May 2019)

*A profile in the Suddeutsche Zeitung (German, April 2019)

*Roundup of press coverage of What We Left Unfinished at SFFILM (April 2019)

*Roundup of press coverage of What We Left Unfinished at the Berlinale (February 2019)

*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 Owen Duffy in Artspace (September 2016)

*Afghanistan: A Lexicon available as an e-book from Hatje Cantz (print version now out of print) and excerpted on the NYRblog September 2012.

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