Artist Talk with Arte East: Naeem Mohaiemen

Date: October 27, 2009, 7–9 pm
Location: Cabinet, 300 Nevins Street, Brooklyn, NY
FREE; no RSVP necessary

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Naeem Mohaiemen will be discussing his project "My Mobile Weighs a Ton," a series of mobile phone photos images taken in aftermath of the August 2008 anti-army riots that exploded on university campuses in Bangladesh.

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, he made the documentary "Muslims or Heretics: My Camera Can Lie" 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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