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Mariah Garnett, Other & Father, 2016, two-channel HD video transferred from 16 mm, color, sound, 11 minutes. Installation view.

Mariah Garnett

ltd los angeles

Mariah Garnett, Other & Father, 2016, two-channel HD video transferred from 16 mm, color, sound, 11 minutes. Installation view.

Titled “Other & Father,” Mariah Garnett’s first solo show at ltd los angeles revolved around a BBC television news feature shot in Belfast in 1971 that addressed the challenges faced by a young couple of different denominations at the start of the sectarian fray that came to be known as the Troubles. The Protestant half of this relationship happens to be Garnett’s father—a parent the artist would not meet until 2007, after a separation that lasted most of her life—here just inching past adolescence, sporting a very glam haircut and shown alongside his then girlfriend. Garnett was twenty-six when she and her father reunited, still young enough to relate as a peer to his televised image, though obviously not to the man she encountered three and a half decades after the program’s airing. Perhaps it was this relative closeness to the on-screen persona that inspired her to

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