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Mariah Garnett

February 14 – April 14
Opening reception: February 10, 2 – 5 PM


The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Mariah Garnett. The exhibition features selections from a body of work about her growing relationship with her Northern Irish father, whom she met as an adult, and centers around a monumental installation of a new feature-length film titled Trouble. In this work, Garnett re-interprets the personal and political histories of Belfast in the early 1970’s, filtering them through her own queer, subjective, outsider’s gaze. Acting as her father, Garnett’s physical presence becomes a kind of wormhole – bridging the past and present, collapsing genders as well as global political realities, and bringing her father back to his roots, from which he has been estranged for over forty years.


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 other artists, Garnett often inserts herself into the films, creating cinematic allegories that codify and locate identity. She holds an MFA from Calarts in Film/Video and a BA from Brown University in American Civilization. Her work has been screened and exhibited internationally, including at the following venues: The Hammer Museum’s 2014 Made In LA, The New Museum, Goldsmiths, Chisenhale, among others. She lives and works in Los Angeles.