Kelly Donahey lives and works in Los Angeles. She was born at Research Hospital in Kansas City, MO. Working primarily in photographic and filmic media she critiques the archival formations of hegemonic American culture and the art world through a polemic of poetics and catastrophe. Her ongoing research practice is attentive to: the dialectic of exhibition and obscurity in human exploitation; administered culture and conformism; ontology and experimental modes of consciousness; the sex which is not; colonialism and lived epistemic space; nationalism and the repression of collective memory; pseudo-Marxism and the commodification of anti-capitalist rhetoric; anti-intellectualism in contemporary art criticism and theory; history and freedom; radical sentimentalism and nostalgia; the sacred dread of the aesthetic, and the interrelation of landscape and technologies of control. She received her MFA from the University of California, Irvine where she taught in the Digital Arts Minor and her BFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute. She is an incoming student in the PhD Program in Visual Studies at the University of California, Irvine.