Next month’s exhibition Currents 110: Mariam Ghani, opens with a free lecture by the artist behind the contemporary exhibition, 2014-15 Freund Fellow artist Mariam Ghani, on Tuesday, April 7. The free exhibition opens the following day and runs through July 12.
The exhibition features multimedia works by Ghani, who is known for video and photographic installations that explore the layered and complicated histories found in specific built and natural landscapes. The Brooklyn-based artist adopts an unusually multifaceted approach to enlivening these histories. Spoken narrative, musical score, and dance performance are all crucial to her process. Past projects have examined Kabul, Afghanistan; Kassel, Germany and Rogaland, Norway. For Currents 110, Ghani turned her lens toward St. Louis to create a video set in the city but inspired by China Miéville’s 2009 sci-fi noir novel The City & The City. In a Q&A with the Art Museum’s Eric Lutz, she explained:
“When I started exploring St. Louis during my residency last fall, the novel, which I’d read a few years before, came back into my head. The City & The City is, of course, an allegory for the way many cities function—which is as different cities for different people. Kabul in the 2000s, for example, was one city for expatriates, and a completely different city for Afghans. St. Louis is also a divided city, and as with the cities in Miéville’s novel, the division is not quite so simple as North Side/South Side, or City/County. As in the book, there are areas that are total, and areas that are cross-hatched.”
Born in 1978 in New York, Ghani received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York. She currently is a visiting scholar at New York University’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute. Her work has been featured at major museums and film festivals, including the 42nd International Film Festival, Rotterdam, Netherlands (2013); dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany (2012); the Sharjah Biennial 10, United Arab Emirates (2011); and the Modern Mondays series at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2011).
Ghani will discuss the exhibition at a free lecture in the Museum’s Farrell Auditorium on Tuesday, April 7 at 6:30 pm. The lecture is free, but tickets are required. Tickets are in-person at the Museum’s Information Centers or through MetroTix, which charges a service fee of $3 per ticket.