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.
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
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
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