Mariah Garnett

Mariah Garnett is Artist in Residence of the Spring 2015 residency period of studio das weisse haus.

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 internationally including the following venues: REDCAT, White Columns, SF MoMA, Venice Biennial (Swiss Offsite Pavillion), Rencontres Internationales (Paris, Madrid, Berlin, Beirut), Midway Contemporary Art (Minneapolis), Ann Arbor Film Festival (Hamburg).

In 2014 she was in residence at The Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin, and Made in LA, the Hammer Museum’s biennial exhibition. The LA Times called her piece “Best in Show.” 2012 she took part in a 2 person show Common Era at ltd los angeles. In 2011 she had a solo show at Human Resources Gallery in Los Angeles titled Encounters I May or May Not Have Had With Peter Berlin.


Born 1980, USA. Lives and works in Los Angeles.
2011 M.F.A. California Institute of the Arts
2003 B.A. Brown University

One and two persons exhibitions

2015 Full Burn, Louis B. James Gallery, New York, NY
2014 Mariah Garnett’s Picaresques, Buenos Tiempos, Int., Brussels, BE
2013 Encounters I May or May Not Have Had With Peter Berlin, 16 mm film installation, 2nd Floor Projects, San Francisco, CA
2012 The Common Era with Anton Lieberman, ltd los angeles, Los Angeles, CA
2011 G.L.O.W. (Grab Lunch Or Whatever) with Math Bass, Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles, CA
2010 Encounters I May Or May Not Have Had With Peter Berlin. Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA

Group exhibitions (selection)
2015 Was die Wangen röthet, kann nicht übel seyn, Kerstin Engholm Gallery, Vienna, AT
2014 Murder, She Wrote, curated by Alberto García del Castillo, Nosbaum Reding Projects, Luxembourg, LU
TL;DR, curated by Michael Ned Holte, ARTSPACE, Auckland, NZ
Artist Theater Program, curated by Erika Vogt, EMPAC, Troy, NY
The Hammer Biennial: Made In L.A. 2014, curated by Connie Butler and Michael Ned Holte, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2013 Within, curated by Chlöe Flores, Cypress College, Cypress, CA
2012 FUEL FOR THE FIRE, organized by Dawn Kasper with Jay Sanders and David Zwirner, A Temporary Space, New York, NY



encounters I may or may not have had with peter berlin, 2012, film still.

encounters I may or may not have had with peter berlin, 2012, film still.

Full Burn, Video Still, 2014

Full Burn, Video Still, 2014

presence, c-print, 2012.

presence, c-print, 2012.

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