The Bangladeshi artist and photographer joins us for a lecture about his work, which addresses the aftermaths of colonialism, issues of environmental exploitation and the social repercussions of border policing in the wake of globalisation. The artist discusses his research into the concepts of land and borders through projects such as Land of Undefined Territory, Seeds Shall Set Us Free and Machine Matter.
In association with Kettle’s Yard on the occasion of the exhibition ‘Homelands: Art from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan.’
This event is part of the Whitechapel Gallery’s talk series Conversations on Photography, which provides a platform for leading contemporary photographers from around the world to discuss and present their practice.
Munem Wasif (Bangladesh) explores complex socio-political issues through photography and video. His artistic practice is marked by close engagement and intimate commitment, both physical and psychological, to his subjects of interest and it usually unfolds through long-term research processes. While interested in the archival and social value of documentary photography, his works often confound the boundaries between fact and fiction. He has participated in international exhibitions such as Sharjah Biennial 14 (2019); the 9th Asia Pacific Triennale of Contemporary Art, Brisbane (2018-19); An Atlas of Mirrors, Singapore Biennale (2016), among numerous others.