Listen to a critical conversation between Mariam Ghani and George Awde, two artists featured in Shangri La: Imagined Cities who create deeply research-based contemporary photography, video, and installation between geographies and cultures. The conversation is moderated by Mostafa Heddaya, Managing Editor of Hyperallergic.
About the Artists:
Mariam Ghani's research-based practice spans video, installation, performance, photography, and text. Her exhibitions and screenings include the film Rotterdam, transmediale, and CPH:DOX film festivals; dOCUMENTA (13) in Kabul and Kassel; MOMA in New York; the National Gallery in Washington D.C., and Sharjah Biennials 10 and 9. Recent texts have been published by Creative Time Reports, Foreign Policy, Ibraaz, Triple Canopy, the Manifesta Journal, and the NYRBlog. Ghani has collaborated with artist Chitra Ganesh since 2004 on Index of the Disappeared, an experimental archive of post-9/11 detentions, deportations, renditions, and redactions; with Erin Kelly since 2006 on the video series Performed Places; with media archive collective pad.ma since 2012 on the Afghan Films online archive; and with Gulf Labor Working Group since 2013. Ghani has been awarded the NYFA and Soros Fellowships; grants from the Graham Foundation, CEC ArtsLink, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, and the Experimental Television Center; and residencies at LMCC, Eyebeam Atelier, Smack Mellon, and the Akademie Schloss Solitude. Ghani holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature from New York University and an MFA from School of Visual Arts. She is currently the Freund Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis and a Visit Scholar at the Asian/Pacific/American Insitute at NYU.
George Awde is a photographer and educator whose work is widely exhibited internationally. Awde is currently an Assistant Professor of Photography at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar and co-director of marra.tien, a residency and research initiative in Beirut. He received his BFA in painting from Massachusetts College of Art in 2004, and his MFA in Photography from Yale University's School of Art in 2009. His awards include the Aaron Siskind Foundation's Individual Photographer's Fellowship (2012), the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Photography Portofolio Competition (2012), Fulbright US Scholar Grant to Egypt (2012-2013), Alice Kimball English Travel Fellowship (2009), and The Richard Benson Scholarship for Excellence in Photography (2008). Awde's works have been exhibited internationally and published in several international publications and catalogues. Most recently, Awde's third solo exhibition, His Passing Cover, was exhibited as part of the FotoFest International Biennial. He has also received two Faculty Research Grants from VCUQatar, as well as being nominated to the Paul Huf Award, for the third consecutive year.