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.
She holds an MFA from Calarts in Film/Video and a BA from Brown University in American Civilization. She has received awards from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation (2015), California Community Fund (2014) and Artadia Los Angeles (2016). She has had solo exhibitions at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Metropolitan Arts Center (Tate Network, Belfast, UK), ltd los angeles, and Louis B James (New York), and her work has screened and exhibited internationally at venues including The New Museum, SF MoMA, REDCAT, and the 2014 Made in LA Hammer Biennial. Her work has been featured in in Bomb Magazine, Artforum, and The New York Times. She lives and works in Los Angeles.