Delfina Foundation

Publication Launch: Exhibition as Editing Exercise


Date: Monday 5 December
Time: 18:00 - 20:00, talk at 18:30
Venue: Delfina Foundation
FREE - No RSVP required

Join us for the launch of a new publication by Nader Koochaki, the accompaniment to his recent exhibition ‘Exhibition as Editing Exercise’ at Sofia Contemporary Gallery. The launch will include a panel discussion with Nader Koochaki, Mika Savela, and Fereshte Moosavi.

We might agree that a publication can be as much of a display of artistic inquiry than an exhibition. Yet, the lines of work leading to both cases may also be carried out separately, perhaps resulting also in a different sense of completion. How might these established formats of representation be rethought as methodologies for research or dissemination, as ways of curating, collaborating, editing, communicating, or simply, looking ahead?

Situated in the context of urban Tehran, Exhibition as Editing Exercise by Nader Koochaki, has been a special project created for the Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize (MOP CAP) 2015 Winner’s Exhibition. Resulting from an ongoing process of photography, travels, collecting, writing and discussions, this publication gathers for display the editorial yield of the eponymous exhibition, shown in November 2016 in London.

For the publication launch, the year-long process and collaboration will be discussed and presented through the accounts from the artist Nader Koochaki, the project's curator Mika Savela, as well as curator Fereshte Moosavi from the MOP Foundation.

Date: 18 November 2016 
Time: 18:30 
Venue: Delfina Foundation, 29-31 Catherine Pl, Victoria, London SW1E 6DY  
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In Black Star, Crescent Moon (University of Minnesota, 2012), Sohail Daulatzai charted post-1950s Black Internationalism as an intersecting history of Black Muslims, Black radicals, and the Muslim Third World. Daulatzai’s work builds upon Robin D.G. Kelley’s Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination (Beacon Press, 2002), drawing together Muslim histories absent from that earlier work.  
A series of conversations with Sohail Daulatzai and Adisa Banjoko in 2004 inspired Naeem to research and write the essay “Fear of a Muslim Planet: Islamic roots of hip-hop” (Sound Unbound, MIT Press, 2006). Returning to Daulatzai’s work after a decade, Naeem re-reads Reginald Massey’s documentary Muhammad Ali goes East (1978) through Daulatzai’s Black Star, Crescent Moon. Daulatzai, while praising Ali’s role as an ambassador for the Muslim International, points out the way he went astray in later years: “Ali and the rest of the players in the film [When we were kings] are deafeningly silent on the political history of the U.S. involvement in Zaire/Congo.” Building on Daulatzai’s argument, Naeem wrote in “Muhammad Ali, We Still Love You: Unsteady Dreams of a ‘Muslim International’” (The New Inquiry, June 2016) that Ali’s 1978 Bangladesh trip was similarly marked by silences and omissions.  
This talk was initially presented within “34 Exercises of Freedom,” curated by Paul B. Preciado, as part of documenta 14 Public Programs, Athens.  
Bio: Since 2006, Naeem Mohaiemen has worked on The Young Man Was, a series of films and essays exploring the 1970s revolutionary left. The protagonists often display misrecognition, ending up as an “accidental trojan horse” carrying tragedy to the countries in question (from Japanese hijackers commandeering an airport for “solidarity,” to migrant labor pipelines transformed into PLO “volunteers”). In spite of the failures of state and extra-state attempts at socialism, Naeem’s reading of the potential of an international left is still, always, one of hope. As the text from Live True Life or Die Trying says, “a lover tries again, flower in hand.” Historian Afsan Chowdhury (whose diary inspired The Young Man Was project) bracketed the work of Naeem, Yasmine Saikia, Dina Siddiqi, Nayanika Mookherjee, and Bina D’Costa as a “second wave of history writing” about Asia. Naeem is a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at Columbia University, and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow (film-video). ICA in London will screen the first three films in the Young Man Was series Nov 19, 20, an