“Mariah’s strategy for filmmaking is thoughtful and effortless even in it’s layered complexity. She addresses gender and identity in a way that liberates these subjects while bringing them into the present moment with a fresh perspective.” – Jarrett Gregory, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Mariah Garnett 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.
Garnett holds an MFA from Calarts in Film/Video and a BA from Brown University in American Civilization. Her work has been screened at international venues, including REDCAT (LA), White Columns (NY), SF MoMA (SF), Venice Bienniale (Swiss Off-site Pavillion), Rencontres Internationales (Paris, Madrid, Berlin, Beirut), Midway Contemporary Art (Minneapolis), Ann Arbor Film Festival (Ann Arbor), Kerstin Engholm Galerie (Vienna).
In 2016, she had her first institutional solo show at the MAC (Tate Network) in Belfast, Northern Ireland and her first solo show at a commercial art gallery in Los Angeles at ltd los angeles. In 2014, she was in residence at The Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin, and she was featured in Made in LA, the Hammer Museum’s biennial exhibition. The LA Times called her piece “Best in Show.” She was awarded the Rema Hort Mann and CCF Emerging artist fellowships in 2014 and 2015.
Mariah Garnett is the recipient of the 2016 Los Angeles Artadia Award.