Biography

Naeem Mohaiemen combines essays, films, drawings and installations to research socialist utopias, incomplete decolonisations, language wars and shifting borders. His work has taken on the state-sanctioned urge to enforce ‘correct history’, decolonial moments that replicate old oppressions in new forms, the obscuring of class as a mode of thinking through the idea of utopia, and the hegemonic and suffocating position of the English language.

Mohaiemen’s work has been shown at the Bengal Foundation, Dhaka (2020); Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai (2019); Chobi Mela, Dhaka (2009, 2016, 2019); Tate Britain, London (2018); Sharjah Biennial 13 (2017); MoMA PS1, New York (2017); Mahmoud Darwish Museum, Ramallah (2017); documenta 14 (2017); Marrakech Biennale 6 (2016); 56th Venice Biennale (2015); Dhaka Art Summit (2014); Sharjah Biennial 10 (2011); The Third Line, Dubai (2009); Whitney Biennial of American Art, New York (2006); and Queens Museum of Art, New York (2005). His work can be found in the collections of Sharjah Art Foundation; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Kiran Nadar Museum, Delhi; Art Institute of Chicago; Tate Modern, London; and British Museum, London.

He is the author of Midnight’s Third Child (Nokta, 2020) and Prisoners of Shothik Itihash (Kunsthalle Basel, 2014); editor of Between Ashes and Hope: Chittagong Hill Tracts in the Blind Spot of Bangladesh Nationalism (Drishtipat, 2010); and co-editor (w/ Eszter Szakacs) of Solidarity Must Be Defended (Van Abbe-Salt-Tricontinental-Tranzit, 2020) and (w/ Lorenzo Fusi) of System Error (Papesse, 2007).

Mohaiemen received a Guggenheim Fellowship (2014). He was a finalist for the Herb Alpert Award (2019), Turner Prize (2018), Merz Prize (2015) and Vilem Flusser Theory Award (2009).

He has been a member of Bad Barcode (2018–present), Gulf Labor Coalition (2011–2016), Visible Collective (2002–2007), 3rd i South Asian Film (2000–2004) and Samar: South Asian Magazine for Action and Reflection (1995–1999) in New York and the writers’ collectives Alal O Dulal (2011–2016) and Drishtipat (2001–2011) in Dhaka.

Born in 1969 in London, he currently works in Dhaka and New York.

SAF participation:
Sharjah Film Platform (December 2019)
March Meeting 2018
Active Forms (2018)
Sharjah Biennials 10 and 13