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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 several newly restored classic Afghan films. Some virtual screenings and Q&As are coming up this fall & winter. Check the film website or follow the film on Twitter or Instagram for updates; contact Good Docs to book an educational or museum screening in the US/UK/AUS/NZ, and Arsenal to book screenings elsewhere.

*When the Spirits Moved Them, They Moved is on view at the Speed Museum in Louisville, KY, from August 21st, 2020, to March 14th, 2021.


*For the Cinema+ series at the Speed Art Museum, a Q&A with Dean Otto about What We Left Unfinished on Nov 13th at 6 pm (in conjunction with virtual cinema run of WWLU at the Speed, Nov 2nd-15th)

*With Joes Segal and Farrah Karapetian for the Wende Museum’s Art Past Present webinar series on Nov 18th, at 12 pm PT/3 pm ET


*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!


*A conversation with Erin Ellen Kelly, Theresa Bautista, Philip Velinov, Dean Otto and Miranda Lash about When the Spirits Moved Them, They Moved, for the Speed Art Museum (October 2020)

*An interview with Marisa and the New Models podcast about the ideas behind my film-in-progress Dis-Ease (November 2019)

*An interview about and glimpse into the research process for 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

*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.


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

*Dis-Ease in Contagion Live (May 2019) and The Art Newspaper (May 2020)

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

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

*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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