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Mariam Ghani & Erin Ellen Kelly's three channel video installation as exhibited at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 2023
When the Spirits Moved Them, They Moved (3 channel 4K video with ambisonic sound) at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, fall 2023


*When the Spirits Moved Them, They Moved is on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum through January 29th, 2024, as part of the exhibition Musical Thinking: New Video Art and Sonic Strategies, curated by Saisha Grayson and recently reviewed by the Brooklyn Rail. The gorgeous (and accessible!) catalogue is available as a free e-book here.

*Erin and I have also been commissioned to create a new site-responsive performance for / in the Smithsonian American Art Museum, one of the oldest federal buildings in Washington, DC. The live version will be free but ticketed and take place on January 11, 2024. More info soon.

*Index of the Disappeared installed an updated version of Secrets Told on the second floor of the Museum of the City of New York for the exhibition City of Faith: Religion, Activism, and Urban Space, curated by Azra Dawood, on view through fall 2023.

*The Fire This Time will be on view at Bowdoin College Museum of Art from December 14, 2023 to June 2, 2024, as part of Without Apology: Asian American Selves, Memories, Futures.


*My feature film What We Left Unfinished is now streaming on Ovid for subscribers and on Docuseek for educational institutions. It’s also available on all major TVOD platforms. Contact Dekanalog for licensing or theatrical; Good Docs to book an educational or museum screening in the US/UK/AUS/NZ, and Arsenal to book screenings elsewhere.


*The Worlds We Speak – a ceramic mosaic based on a data visualization of linguistic diversity in the NYC metro area – can be found in baggage claim in Terminal C of LaGuardia Airport as of June 2022.


*Some coverage of my commission for LaGuardia Airport (June 2022)

*I interviewed Rahraw Omarzad about the future of Afghan arts for Frieze (March 2022)

*A conversation with Anjuli Fatima Raza Kolb and Chitra Ganesh on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 for The East is a Podcast (September 2021)

*An interview with Perwana Nazif about What We Left Unfinished for Artforum (September 2021)

*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 Mazria Katz 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

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

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


*Press coverage of What We Left Unfinished 

*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)

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