miriam ghani and Vic Brooks on stage in front of a large projection of an Afghan film.

What We Left Unfinished

Miriam Ghani

Mariam Ghani was in residence to work on the post-production audio and video for her film What We Left Unfinished, based on the history of the Afghan Film Archive, the state film institute based in Kabul, Afghanistan. The film gestures toward the possibility of reconstructing hidden and parallel narratives from both images of state propaganda and the day-to-day lived experience of the Afghan Film Archive’s management, film directors, and governmental players during the period of Afghan Communism.

Main Image: Miriam Ghani What we Left Unifinished, Production still, 2018. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Mick Bello/EMPAC.

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EMPAC 2018–21


EMPAC 2018–19 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts.

EMPAC Spring 2019 presentations, residencies, and commissions are made possible by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with continuous support from the New York State Council for the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts; and the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts. Additional project support by the National Endowment for the Arts; the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; and the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.