Naeem Mohaiemen

Naeem Mohaiemen combines films, photography, drawings, and essays to explore the many forms of utopia-dystopia (families, borders, architecture, and uprisings)– beginning from Bangladesh’s two postcolonial markers (1947, 1971) and then radiating outward to transnational alliances and collisions. He is author of Midnight’s Third Child  (Nokta, forthcoming) and Prisoners of Shothik Itihash (Kunsthalle Basel, 2014);  editor of Chittagong Hill Tracts in the Blind Spot of Bangladesh Nationalism (Drishtipat, 2010); co-editor, with Eszter Szakacs, of Solidarity Must be Defended (Tranzit, forthcoming) and, with Lorenzo Fusi, of System Error: War is a Force that Gives us Meaning (Sylvana, 2007). His first museum project was as a member of Visible Collective, premiering Disappeared In America ( at Queens Museum, New York, in 2005. The project traveled widely, including the Whitney Biennial of American Art, and was featured in the New York Times (Holland Cotter, “The New Bridge and Tunnel Crowd,” 2005) as part of new artist communities developing outside Manhattan in post-9/11 New York. Mohaiemen was a finalist for the Villem Flusser Theory Award (2009), Mario Merz Prize (2015), Turner Prize (2018), and Herb Alpert Award (2019). Solo shows include Chitrak, Dhaka (2008), Cue Art Foundation, New York (2009), Kunsthalle Basel, Basel (2014), VOX Contemporary, Montreal (2016), MoMA, New York (2017), Mahmoud Darwish Museum, Ramallah (2018), SALT Beyoglu, Istanbul (2019), PowerPlant, Toronto (2020), CAAC, Seville (2020), MOCA, Cleveland (2020), Moderna Museet, Umea (2021), and Colby College Museum, Colby (2022). Group shows include Yokohama Triennial, Chobi Mela, Lahore, Sharjah, Venice, Marrakech Biennials, Turner Prize at Tate Britain, Nonaligned at NTU CCA Singapore, and Documenta 14.