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Naeem Mohaiemen

Visual Arts, 2008



Naeem Mohaiemen works in Dhaka and New York, using essays, photography and film to explore histories of failed utopias. Earlier projects have also looked at militarization, surveillance, hyphenated citizenship, border partitions and architectural nationalism. His essays include “Islamic Roots of HipHop” (Sound Unbound, MIT Press), “Ad Man Blues” (Indian Highway, Serpentine Gallery), “Why Mahmud can’t be a pilot” (Nobody Passes, Seal) and “Beirut, Silver Porsche Illusion” (Men of Global South, Zed).


Project themes have been described as “how to make engagements with a revolutionary past meaningful in the sudden eruption of a revolutionary present” (Kaelen Wilson-Goldie, Bidoun), “gently questioning the efficacy of activism” (Brian Boucher, Art in America) and “not yet disillusioned fully with the capacity of human society” (Vijay Prashad, Take on Art). The work has been featured in Granta, Rethinking Marxism, Modern Painters and Springerin. Art Review selected the current project for the “Future Greats 2012” list.

Shobak
Visible Collective
Columbia University

Awards and Accomplishments

2014:

Mohaiemen is a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow in Film/Video

2014:

Mohaiemen screens his work at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany 

2013:

 Mohaiemen is a contributor to the new Visual Culture Reader, 3rd edition

2012:

Mohaiemen receives support from Jan Vrijman Fund for post-production work on United Red Army

2012:

Mohaiemen is awarded a Creative Time Global Residency

2011:

Mohaiemen receives support from Puffin Foundation for The Young Man Was project

2010:

Mohaiemen receives support from Sharjah Art Foundation (United Arab Emirates) for continuing work on The Young Man Was project

2009:

Mohaiemen receives support from Franklin Furnace

2008: Mohaiemen receives Rhizome Commissions Program grant