Naeem Mohaiemen: What We Found After You Left

Naeem Mohaiemen: What We Found After You Left

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Exhibition Catalog

Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, 2019. Published, 2021. Power Plant Pages, 12.

144 pp. Well Illustrated (chiefly col.). 20 x 15 cm. In English. Hardcover.

ISBN 9781894212779

Naeem Mohaiemen grew up in Tripoli, Libya, and Dhaka, Bangladesh and now works in Dhaka and New York. His work, which includes films, installations and books, excavates political ruptures through family stories and macro histories. His focus is the 1970s, when transnational utopian projects began to fall apart as the global surge of socialist revolutions ran into the reality of entrenched capitalism, and the promise of decolonization faced the disappointment of fatally flawed leadership. This exhibition presents four films in a rotating program. Each film is accompanied by works (photographs, prints or sculptures) that serve as footnotes. These works, in the corridor that leads to the screening room, precede the films, upending the standard rule of footnotes following the main text. The sequence underlines the artist’s manifesto for writing history: moving the margin to the centre. While focusing on moments of mistake and misrecognition, Mohaiemen’s research into aspirations towards utopia during the Cold War era – manifested through decolonization, revolution, and independence – is rooted in a hope for a future, revived international left.

Subject Headings: Asian Art (Western Style) ; Non-Western in a Western Style ; Western Art -- Bangladesh -- Post-1945 ; Post-1970 ; Post-1990 ; Post-2000 -- Several Fine Arts Media (Western) ; Video/Film --

Artist(s): Mohaiemen, Naeem

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