American University of Beirut

Heather M. O'Brien

​​Heather M. O'Brien holds a BA in Music from Loyola University New Orleans and an MFA in Photography and Media from California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. Her work explores how capitalist desire and militaristic legacy construct our ideas about home. In working with photographs, film, installation, performance, writing and book projects, she seeks to build encounters around issues that impact American cultural imagination, from familial archives to the ​illusion of accurate memory. Recent exhibitions in the United States include Zones of Representation, SF Camerawork (San Francisco, CA) Mobile Homestead, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (Los Angeles, CA), where water touches land, Counterpath (Denver, CO), I'll Be Your Mirror, International Center of Photography (NYC), and I scarcely have the right to use this ghostly verb, Parsons/The New School (NYC). She has been awarded residencies with Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (NYC), Women's Studio Workshop (Rosendale, NY), Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (NYC) and Marble House Project (Dorset, Vermont). Her projects have been featured and reviewed in a variety of publications including The New York Times, Conveyor Magazine, The Los Angeles Review of Books and The Roosevelt Institute/New Deal 2.0. In 2015, she released the collaborative book project, I see in the sea nothing except the sea. I don't see a shore. I don't see a dove., published by Secretary Press New York. In 2016, she will be a resident at the Santa Fe Art Institute (Santa Fe, NM).

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