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Mariah Garnett

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Mariah Garnett (b. 1980, Portland, ME; lives and works in Los Angeles) mixes documentary, narrative and experimental filmmaking practices to make work that accesses existing people and communities beyond her immediate experience. Using source material that ranges from found text to iconic gay porn stars, Garnett often inserts herself into the films, creating cinematic allegories that codify and locate identity. Garnet received an MFA from California Institute of the Arts in 2011 and a BA from Brown University in 2003. Recent solo exhibitions have been held at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, CA (2019); Metropolitan Arts Centre, Belfast, UK (2016); Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (2016); Buenos Tiempos Int., Brussels, Belgium (2014); 2nd Floor Projects, San Francisco (2013); and Human Resources, Los Angeles (2010). Garnett's work has been included in group exhibitions at Fierman Gallery, New York (2019); Magic Hour, Joshua Tree (2018); New Museum, New York (2017); Vamiali, Athens, Greece (2017); Goldsmiths, London, UK (2017); National Broadcast, Ireland (2016); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2014); ARTSPACE, Auckland, NZ (2014); and Brooklyn Museum, New York (2012). She is the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship in Film/Video (2019); Macdowell Colony Fellowship (2017); Harpo Emerging Artist Grant (2017); Artadia Los Angeles Award (2016); Rema Hort Mann Emerging Artist Grant (2015); and California Community Fund Atlass Fellowship (2014). Her feature film Trouble debuted at BFI London Film Festival 2019, UK and New York Film Festival 2019. 


Garnett's work is in the collection of Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.