Leah Gilliam

Emerging Fields, 2000

Leah Gilliam studied modern culture and media at Brown University (BA, 1989) and Film at The University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee (MFA, 1992). Her media projects have been presented at Thread Waxing Space Gallery, the MIT List Visual Arts Center, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her CD-ROM Split has traveled as part of the exhibition Contact Zones: The Art of the CD-ROM. Her video Playing the Race Card was part of the exhibition Race in Digital Space. Ms. Gilliam’s video Apeshit was voted one of the “Best of 1999” by Film Comment and her 1995 video Sapphire and the Slave Girl was the winner of the New Visions Video Award for the San Francisco International Film Festival. Gilliam’s work examines how knowledge is produced and coded and how the conscious reorientation of cultural texts challenges their implications and constructions. In practice, she appropriates texts and uses them as a springboard to interpret larger issues of history, subjectivity, and technology. Ms. Gilliam’s current interests include Lego Mindstorm Robotic Discovery kits and the colonization of Mars. She teaches in the Film & Electronic Arts Program at Bard College.

Awards and Accomplishments

2003: Gilliam receives Jerome Foundation grant

2003: Gilliam receives New York State Council on the Arts grant