Monday, October 26, 2009

ACROSS HISTORIES ARTIST TALK SERIES Segregated Spaces: On Progress, with Naeem Mohaiemen

Cabinet Magazine Space, Brooklyn
Tue, Oct 27, 7 p.m.

"Curated by Lauren Pearson, Across Histories is a free monthly series focused on developing an ongoing critical discussion of artistic practices in the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia and diasporas. Debuted at the Elizabeth Foundation Gallery in Manhattan in 2008, and now housed in Brooklyn's Cabinet Magazine Space, Across Histories provides a compelling platform for artists, designers, curators and art critics to present and discuss their work, oeuvres, historical moments, theories, writings and exhibitions that have had the most impact on their professional practices.

This month, the series will host Naeem Mohaiemen, a writer and artist who works in Dhaka and New York City, exploring the contradictions between Bengalis in marginal migrant status and majoritarian roles in their own country.

Naeem Mohaiemen is a writer and artist working in Dhaka and New York City. He uses text, photo, video and archives to explore histories of the international left, utopia/dystopia slippage, post-partition South Asia, and globally interlinked security panic. Projects include My Mobile Weighs A Ton (militarization); Otondro Prohori, Guarding Who (surveillance); Penn Station Kills Me (monuments); Kazi in Nomansland (amnesia); and Red Ant Motherchod Meet Starfish Nation (military coup).

Working between two countries, Mohaiemen sometimes explores the contradictions between Bengalis in marginal migrant status, and majoritarian (and authoritarian) roles in their own country. He writes on Bangladesh's religious and ethnic minorities for the Ain Salish Kendra Annual Human Rights Report (, and on activist blogs ( As part of this work, Muslims or Heretics: My Camera Can Lie was a documentary about the problem of multiple audiences. His essays include Islamic Roots of Hip-Hop (Sound Unbound, MIT Press); Beirut: Illusion of a Silver Porsche (Men of the Global South, Zed Books); Why Mahmud Can't be a Pilot (Nobody Passes, Seal Press); Adman Blues Become Artist Liberation (Indian Highway, Serpentine Gallery); Everybody Wants To Be Singapore (La Buena Vida, Carlos Motta, ICA); and the book Collectives in Atomised Time (with Doug Ashford, Idensitat, Spain). Mohaiemen's exhibition at CUE marks his first solo show in New York."

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