Naeem Mohaiemen 

Solo Exhibition



British-Bangladeshi visual artist and writer Naeem Mohaiemen combines films, installations, and essays to investigate the idea of socialist utopia during the Cold War era. Despite underlining a tendency within the left to mis-recognize potential allies, a hope for a future international left, as an alternative to current silos of race and religion, is a basis for the work.

Mohaiemen’s exhibition will span two seasons at The Power Plant and feature four films in a rotating program, each accompanied by photographic works as ‘footnotes’. Exploring accidental overlaps between multiple left insurrections are two films from the project The Young Man Was. United Red Army (2011) centres on the Japanese Red Army’s 1977 airplane hijacking and Afsan’s Long Day (2014) is inspired by the 1974 diary of historian Afsan Chowdhury and the 1967–77 photo series in Astrid Proll’s Pictures on the Run (2014). The three-channel film Two Meetings and a Funeral (2017) probes the ‘pivot’ between the Non-Aligned Movement and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. Finally, Tripoli Cancelled (2017) is the surrealist fable of a man who has lived alone in Athens’ Ellinikon airport for a decade.

Expanding on an earlier project Prisoners of Shothik Itihash (Kunsthalle Basel, 2014), this exhibition uses the idea of footnotes that precede the main event, reversing the sequence of explanation.

Naeem Mohaiemen
(born 1969 in London, UK) lives in New York. His work has recently been exhibited at SALT Beyoglu, Istanbul (2019); Mahmoud Darwish Museum, Ramallah (2018); Vasas Federation of Metalworkers' Union, Budapest (2018); Abdur Razzaq Foundation, Dhaka (2017) and documenta 14, Athens/ Kassel (2017). In Canada, he has previously shown at Hot Docs (2012), A Space Gallery (Images Festival, 2012), Gallery TPW (Images Festival, 2013), and VOX–Centre de l'image contemporaine (2016). Mohaiemen co-edited (with Lorenzo Fusi) System Error: War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (Papesse, 2006) and is currently co-editing (with Eszter Szakacs) Solidarity Must be Defended (Tranzit/ Van Abbe/ Salt/ Tricontinental, 2019). In New York, he was a member of Visible Collective (2002–07), 3rd i South Asian Film (2000–04) and Samar: South Asian Magazine for Action and Reflection (1995–99); in Dhaka, he was a member of Drishtipat (2001-2011) and Alal O Dulal (2012-2017). He was a Guggenheim Fellow (2014) and was shortlisted for the Turner Prize (2018).