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Munem Wasif

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Bangladesh

Munem Wasif is a Dhaka based artist who investigates complex social and political issues by getting close to people, both physically and psychologically, dealing with multiple questions and contradictions through his artistic language, which often employs stark black and white photography. Wasif often experiments beyond tradition and tests the possibilities of fiction, while still using familiar documentary language. His interests lie with the concept of ‘documents’ and ‘archives’ and their corresponding influence on politically and geographically complex issues. Teaching and collaborating with a new generation of artists is a part of his own practice. Wasif's work has been exhibited by Musée de l'Élysée, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Palais de Tokyo, Victoria and Albert museum, Whitechapel Gallery, Chobi Mela, Dhaka Art Summit, Para Site (Hong Kong) and many other leading international institutions.

Artist Statement
Jomin o Joban is an account of personal relationships with land and its ever- changing forms, intertwining issues of borders, territory, economy, and political ecology. Each of Wasif’s works is closely connected on an intrinsic level; from the loss of lands, through to the struggles of seeds and agriculture, and the decline of heavy industry. Shot in the border territory between Bangladesh and India, Land of Undefined Territory is a suite of 28 photographic prints that presents us with repetitive frames, showing barren landscapes that appear to hold no significant geographical, nor political identity. A land that could be anywhere; but crucially is not. At its core, Jomin o Joban is a tale of land, connecting the stories, promises - held and broken, and disparate realities of modern Bengal.

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