Mariam Ghani + Erin Ellen Kelly: Water, Land, City

December 4, 2015-November 6, 2016

Lori Efroymson Aguilera and Sergio Aguilera Gallery

Mariam Ghani & Erin Ellen Kelly, Like Water From a Stone (2014). Digital C-print, 20 x 30 inches. Courtesy of the artists and RYAN LEE, New York.

Artist Mariam Ghani creates evocative and visually arresting videos that examine specific sites, whether the rocky terrain and sea of southwestern Norway, urban landscapes of New Mexico, or varying locales in St. Louis. Through a process of research and collaboration, she produces new narratives through astonishing vistas that feature performers, sometimes herself, interacting with the land in novel ways. Incorporating original scores and sometimes spoken narration, she unravels the complex memories and unstable histories of her chosen subject matter.

The three films on view were produced in collaboration with choreographer and performer Erin Ellen Kelly, with whom Ghani has been working since 2006, and feature scores by composer and musician Qasim Naqvi.

This exhibition will feature a trilogy of her video work over a period of 11 months, presenting one video at a time:

Like Water From a Stone (2014): December 4, 2015 – March 13, 2016
Landscape Studies: New Mexico (2008-10): March 18 – July 10, 2016
The City & The City (2015): July 15 –November 6, 2016

About the Artists

Born in 1978 in New York, Mariam Ghani received her BA from New York University and her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York. Her work has been shown at significant group exhibitions and film festivals, such as Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2016); 42nd International Film Festival, Rotterdam, Netherlands (2013); Documenta 13, Kassel, Germany (2012); Sharjah Biennal 9 and 10, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (2009 and 2011); Creative Time, New York (2008); and The New York Film Festival, Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York (2003). Solo presentations include an exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum (2014) and a program at Modern Mondays, The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2011). The artist lives and works in New York and is represented by RYAN LEE, New York.

Born in 1976 in St. Louis, Erin Ellen Kelly is a dancer, performer and choreographer. Her solo and collaborative performances have been featured at numerous festivals, exhibitions and alternative spaces, such as Kunsthaus Tacheles for A Month of Performance Art and Kultur im Spannwerk, Berlin (2012); Documenta 13, Kassel, Germany (2012); Art Basel, Miami Beach (2012); Movement Research at Judson Church, New York (2007 and 2012); the New York Butoh Festival (2007 and 2009); and 57th Street Our Time, New York and Berlin (2007 and 2009). The artist lives and works in New York.

Kelly and Ghani have worked as collaborators since 2006.

Mariam Ghani + Erin Ellen Kelly: Water, Land, City Indianapolis Museum of Art 4000 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis, IN