Mari is a visual artist, writer, and a researcher. Her installations combine texts, images, and documents to explore how secrecy within systems of state and corporate power contributes to the perpetuation of armed conflicts. Since 2010, she has been working on “State Business,” an interdisciplinary, investigative work that maps the expansion of the commercial cyber-surveillance industry, the rise of private military contractors in the Horn of Africa, and simultaneous transfers of weapons to opposing sides in regional armed conflicts.

Her 2015 work, “It’s Nothing Personal,” is a collection of PR material produced by global surveillance firms juxtaposed against the testimonies of those directly affected by their technologies.

Her 2014 project “Empty With a Whiff of Blood and Fumes,” addresses the nexus of money, power, and organized crime in Ukraine.

Between 2007 and 2010, she worked in the Russian North Caucasus on “File-126,” a work about the mass abduction of civilians under the guise of a counterterrorism campaign. In spring 2016, she was an artist-in-residence aboard a commercial container ship, and produced a self-reflective work and critique of institutional critic, addressing the intersection of conflict and art economics and the role of artists in whitewashing for conflict participants.

Her works have been exhibited at Musée de l’Elysée, HKW Berlin, Art Souterrain, Noorderlicht, the Open Society Foundations, and East Wing; and published by Prix Pictet, Time Magazine, The New York Times, Prix Pictet, Courrier International, Le Monde, IBTimes, and VICE amongst others. She was finalist of 2014 Prix Elysée, held a 2011 residency at the Cite des Arts, and was awarded a Magnum Emergency Grant in 2012, and Abigail Cohen Fellowship in 2016.

She is a Yale World Fellow and is currently based in New Heaven.

She is represented by Galerie Polaris in Paris, France and by the Stead Bureau in the Hague, Netherlands.

-2016


Latest:

Perfect Con Text e-flux, 2016

Nervous Systems Quantified Life and the Social Question - HKW - Berlin, Germany 2016

Day in Day out - Exhibition & Panel Discussion - Geh8 - Dresden, Germany 2015

Exposing the Invisible - Interview - Tactical Tech 2015

Panopticon For Sale - Publication - Medium 2015

We don’t do business with North Korea - Publication - Motherboard - Vice 2015

It’s Nothing Personal - Exhibition - Photoville, New York 2015

It’s Nothing Personal - Exhibition -DATARUSH Old Sugar Factory, Groningen, Groningen Netherlands 2015

It’s Nothing Personal - Exhibition - Art Souterrain - Montreal, Canada 2015

It’s Nothing Personal - Publication - Courrier International 2015

State Business - Chapter III - Publication - Musée de l'Elysée - Lausanne, Switzerland 2015

Private Interests: Monitoring Central Asia - Publication, co-author - Privacy International 2014

Private Interests: Monitoring Central Asia - Review - Time 2014

Private Interests: Monitoring Central Asia - Review - The Intercept 2014

State Business - Exhibition -Musée de l'Elysée - Lausanne, Switzerland 2015

It’s Nothing Personal - Exhibition -Open Society Foundation - New York, USA 2014

It’s Nothing Personal - Review - L’Oeil 2014

Empty With a Whiff of Blood and Fumes - Book - Galerie Pangée Spring Montreal, Canada 2015

It’s Nothing Personal - Exhibition - Open Society Foundation - New York, USA 2014


State Business - Exhibition - Paris Photo - Grand Palais-Paris,France 2013

State Business - Exhibition - Unseen - Amsterdam, Netherlands 2013

State Business - Exhibition - To have and Have Not - Noorderlicht-Groningen, Netherlands 2012

Interview & Portfolio - Wired 2013

State Business - Publication - Aperture 2014

Profile and Review - Publication - BJP- British Journal of Photography January 2014

Interview - Lens Culture 2013

The Dabic, Review by Marta Daho - xtrart 2013

Traffic - Text - Revue XXI 2013


Commissioned Works

The Tymoshenko Problem Profile - Souciant 2014

La diva punk de Maidan -Le Monde Magazine 2014

City of Leaks - Le Monde 2014

Antonov - Le Monde 2014

The Far Right - Le Monde 2014

File 126 and text - The International Center for Transitional Justice -ICTJ 2014


Archive

File 126 - Exhibition - Clameurs - Grande Plage - Biarritz, France

Portfolio - Presentation - PLAT(T)FORM 2012 - Fotomuseum, Winterthur Switzerland

Select Works - Paris Photo 2011 - Grand Palais - Paris, France

Select Works - Le Bal - Paris, France

File 126 - Arena Powerhouse - New York, USA

Art an after/thought - Cité Internationale des Arts - Art Ville - Paris, France

File 126 - Moving Walls 17 - Open Society Institute - Washington DC, USA

File 126 - LOOK3 FESTIVAL - Charlottesville, USA

File 126 - Moving Walls 17 - Open Society Institute - New York, USA

File 126 - FOTOfreo FESTIVAL - Melbourne, Australia


Catalogues: Noorderlicht, Unseen, Paris Photo

Highlights: Telegraph, Goblin Magazine, Le Nouvel Observateur