Mara Ahmed is an interdisciplinary artist and activist filmmaker based on Long Island, New York. She was born in Lahore and educated in Belgium, Pakistan, and the US. Mara’s work aims to trespass political, linguistic, and geographic borders and challenges colonial binaries. She has directed and produced three films, including The Muslims I Know (2008), Pakistan One on One (2011), and A Thin Wall (2015). Her films have been broadcast on PBS, screened at international film festivals, and are available to watch on Vimeo on Demand. She is currently working on The Injured Body, a film about racism in America that focuses on the voices of women of color. Mara gave a Tedx talk about borders and nationalism in 2017. Her artwork has been exhibited at galleries in New York and California. Her multimedia installation The Warp & Weft [Face to Face], based on an archive of stories she curated in 2020, was exhibited at Rochester Contemporary Art Center in April 2022 and her experimental short film Le Mot Juste [Part One] was selected for a juried exhibition organized by Chicago’s South Asia Institute in 2021. Instagram handle: @mara__ahmed, websites: NeelumFilms.com and MaraAhmedStudio.com
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Thank you for sharing your art on such important topics. I look forward to watching your films and TEDTalk!
thank u so much linnea, for engaging with the work and for your kind words.
Wow! Thank you so much for sharing this art with us! I loved how much care you put into the audio and visual elements of your work! The piano, the waves crashing on the beach, the birds chirping in the background, it’s all very beautiful! I could feel the love you have for sound through each piece! It’s amazing!
hi martino, thank u so much for ur wonderful response to the work. yes, being a visual artist for so long and thinking mostly in terms of images, i have come to appreciate sound over the last few years and fallen in love. i hope to create many more soundscapes, sound poems and stories.