Alia Malley (b.1973, California) received her BA in Critical Studies from USC School of Cinematic Arts in 1994, and her MFA in Visual Arts from University of California Riverside in 2010. Her work explores representation and content as mediated by digital methods, specifically in the context of landscape and cinema, human geography and the sense of place, and how these affect our understanding of the documentary capacity of still photography and time-based media.
She was the recipient of the 2011 CENTER Dealer’s Choice Award, and the 2010 Merck Award at Darmstädter Tage Der Fotografie, Germany. In 2011, she was selected for the Fundación Botín - Taller de Paul Graham in Santander, Spain, and in 2013 participated in the Farm Foundation’s Arctic Circle residency in Spitsbergen, Svalbard. She was selected for the 2015 Field-Notes Hybrid_Matters residency at the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station in Lapland, Finland.
Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions throughout the US, including Sam Lee Gallery, Los Angeles, the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, the Art Rental & Sales Gallery at LACMA, and the Riverside Art Museum, California. Malley’s work is included in the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the UCLA Library Special Collections.
She lives and works in Los Angeles.