Artists on Art
Friday, November 6, 2015
7:30 PM–8:15 PM
In conjunction with Asian Contemporary Art Week (ACAW), contemporary artist Aman Mojadidi discusses themes of masking and identity in the exhibition Becoming Another: The Power of Masks with curator Beth Citron.
About the Artist
Born to Afghan parents in the Confederate South, the artist Aman Mojadidi’s practice is based on his personal experiences and academic research in cultural studies. With degrees in Cultural Anthropology, his work utilizes an experimental ethnographic approach,combining qualitative research, traditional story-lines, and postmodern narrative strategies to approach themes such as belonging, identity politics, conflict, artifactual
history, and migration; intentionally blurring and merging the lines between fact and fiction, documentation and imagination.
He has exhibited his work internationally including the 12th Havana Biennale 2015, the 3rd Asia Triennial Manchester 2014, the 1st Kochi/Muziris Biennale 2012, and dOCUMENTA (13) in 2012. His publications include “Home” and “What Can One Say About Living in Kabul?” in One Story, Thirty Stories: An Anthology of Contemporary Afghan-American Literature and “Humanitarians with Guns: Globalized Rights, Cultural Space, & Militarized Aid in Afghanistan” in Challenges and Paths to Global Justice.
In 2012, he was selected as a TED Global Fellow for the subversive nature of his artistic practice while living in Kabul. He is currently based in Paris, while continuing to travel extensively to implement site-specific interventions around the world, including for the Dhaka Art Summit in February 2016.