Naeem Mohaiemen uses essays, films, and mixed media installations to research borders, wars, and belonging within the decolonization milestones of 1947 (India-Pakistan) and 1971 (Pakistan-Bangladesh). The tragic past of failed left uprisings, and dysfunctional state socialism, are a central theme of his long-term project, The Young Man Was. He is currently working on a new film, looking at the Non-Aligned Movement, for Documenta 14. In spite of making work that highlights a left tendency toward error and dystopia, a hope for an as-yet unborn global left, as an alternative to silos of race and religion, is an ideological basis for his work. Chapters from tthe project have been shown at the Sharjah, Marrakech, and Venice Biennale, Berlinale, the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Museum of Modern Art (NY), New Museum, Kiran Nadar Museum, and Experimenter. Naeem is also a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at Columbia University.

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