Solidarity Must Be Defended - Screening and Discussion
28 September 2018
The Young Man Was…
28 September, 7pm
CCA is pleased to welcome 2018 Turner Prize nominee Naeem Mohaiemen for a screening of Afsan’s Long Day (40 min) and Abu Ammar is Coming (6 min), from his series The Young Man Was…, followed by a discussion with the artist. This event is inspired by the Civil Rights 50th anniversary commemorations of 2018.
Naeem Mohaiemen’s research-led practice investigates transnational socialist politics in the period after the Second World War, framed by decolonisation and the erasing of political utopias. He combines autobiography and family history to explore how national borders and passports create new peoples. His studio material includes film archives and the way their contents can be lost, fabricated and reanimated. The hope for an as-yet unborn international left, instead of alliances of race and religion, undergirds his work.
October 5th marks the 50th anniversary of a significant civil rights march in Derry in 1968, calling for an end to gerrymandering and discrimination in housing and for the right to vote. This march, and its suppression by the state, is often cited as the galvanising moment of the civil rights movement, and as the starting point of the political conflict that was to dominate the next 30 years. The October 5th march was a manifestation of a new energy and desire for radical change that was reflected globally – the images and narratives of this time from across Europe and North America are familiar to us – including Paris in May of that year and the US civil rights and anti-war movements of the late 60s and early 70s.
Mohaiemen’s series The Young Man Was… presents a complex and contradictory reading of this period of lost revolutionary potential and left solidarity, bringing in lesser known but analogous axes of socialist and national liberation struggles, including those in South Asia and across the Third World. The series considers this ‘What If…? moment from the last century’ and looks beyond the familiar set of international alliances, equivalences, and arguments – creating an opportunity to reconsider how our own political history progressed from that point.
Naeem Mohaiemen’s works, Two Meetings and a Funeral (2017), Tripoli Cancelled (2017), and Volume Eleven (flaw in the algorithm of cosmopolitanism) (2015-2017) will be on view at Tate Britain as part of the 2018 Turner Prize show, alongside fellow nominees Forensic Architecture, Charlotte Prodger, and Luke Willis Thompson from 26th September 2018 to 6th January 2019.
This event is free but booking is essential. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place.