Competition: US & Canada
Mariam Ghani is an artist, writer, and filmmaker. Her work operates at the intersections of language, loss, migration, memory, and history. Her films, public projects, photographs, and installations have been presented and collected worldwide, notably in Times Square and the new Terminal C at LaGuardia Airport; the Guggenheim, New Museum, MoMA, Smithsonian and Metropolitan Museums; the CCCB in Barcelona, the Secession in Vienna, and Para/Site in Hong Kong; Documenta 13, the Dhaka Art Summit, and the Liverpool, Lahore, Yinchuan, and Sharjah Biennials; and the Rotterdam, CPH:DOX, SFFILM, DOC NYC, Sheffield Doc/Fest, and Ann Arbor film festivals. Museum solo shows include the St. Louis Art Museum, the Blaffer Art Museum in Houston, and the Queens Museum of Art in NYC. Ghani’s first feature film, the critically acclaimed documentary WHAT WE LEFT UNFINISHED, tells the mostly true story of five unfinished Afghan Communist films. It premiered at the 2019 Berlinale, was released theatrically in the US by Dekanalog, and had its streaming premiere on the Criterion Channel. Her second feature film, DIS-EASE, looks at the real consequences of the ways we fictionalize disease, and is slated for 2024 release. Ghani teaches film/video at Bennington College.