Khadim Ali and Meiro Koizumi in conversation with Lee Weng Choy at March Meeting, Sharjah Art Foundation, 2019. Photo: Sharjah Art Foundation. Photo: Sharjah Art Foundation

Overview

In Afghanistan today, charity and militancy are equivocal; basic civic aid and terrorism align. In Japan, youth inherit the guilt of their forebears, their military histories caught up in significant red tape, their agency deactivated and numb. Artists Khadim Ali and Meiro Koizumi engage with these landscapes through symbolic and ritualistic appropriation, whereby violence is made both beautiful and horrifying.

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