Born 1980 - Portland, ME
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: 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 was featured in Bomb Magazine, received the Los Angeles Artadia Award, had her first institutional solo show at the MAC 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 featured in Made in LA, the Hammer Museum's biennial exhibition. The LA Times called her piece "Best in Show." She was awarded the CCF Emerging artist fellowship and the Rema Hort Mann emerging artist grant in 2014 and 2015.