Mia Martelli

Mia Martelli, photo courtesy of the artist

Mia Martelli is a multi-media performance artist. She explores how environments are built through live performance, and how stories are told using cultural ephemera. She aims to capture the physical scope of cutting up materials on a bedroom floor to volatile attitudes of punk performance, both of which are exercises in devotion. Her work is unpolished, but cared for.

Mia was a 2021 LiftOff Artist-in-Residence for New Dance Alliance and a Visual Muze Governor’s Island Artist-in-Residence through the West Harlem Art Fund. This year, Mia’s work has been held by MOTiVE Brooklyn and MAGMA (Gloucester, MA).

Mia’s dances and process have been supported by AUNTS, Queer Spectra Arts Festival (Salt Lake City, UT), and The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought (Northampton, MA). Her videos and visual art have been published by Queerly Contemporary Festival, GRRL Haus Cinema (Berlin), and various independent zines and publications. She collaborates as a performer for NYC-based artists Chloe London, Jessie Young, and Jordan Demetrius Lloyd.

Girly-Sound is a solo performance in conversation with the lyrics, structuring, and aesthetics of Liz Phair’s 1994 album Exile in Guyville. It continues Martelli’s research project/performance about desire, demo tapes, and DIY culture. Martelli is a 2021 NDA LiftOff Resident Artist. Girly-Sound was also made possible with support by For the Artists! Residency Program at MOtiVE Brooklyn and the Visual Muze Residency through West Harlem Art Fund. Thank you, Liz Phair.