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Naeem Mohaiemen

Naeem Mohaiemen combines films, installations, and essays to research failed left utopias and incomplete decolonizations– framed by Third World Internationalism and World Socialism. The terrain is a “a revolutionary past meaningful in the sudden eruption of a revolutionary present” (Wilson-Goldie). In spite of underscoring a left tendency toward misrecognition, a future international left, against silos of race and religion, is a hope in the work. Project chapters have shown at documenta 14, Kiran Nadar, Ashkal Alwan, Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Sharjah, Marrakech, Nordic, and Venice Biennales, Tate Britain, New Museum, Queens Museum, and MoMA (Doc Fortnight). His essays have been published in Rethinking Marxism, Sun Never Sets, Bioscope South Asian Screen Studies, etc. Naeem is a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at Columbia University, researching left histories outside state patronage.

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This comment by Maha Mamoun about the uses of the archive may be of related interest.

"When I first started to inquire about how to get permission to use these scenes, I was advised by a friend in the industry not to start this quest for permissions as it would open up an overly complicated chase with no clear standards or procedures. This advice may have been affected by the knowledge of the context I work in, as a visual artist, and the field and venues my work will end up being shown in, which have so far been fairly “under the radar”. I imagine the advice would have been different if I had worked in cinema or television. I did not know which films I wanted to use or the durations of the scenes I would use until the work was complete, which did not make for a timely investigation of the question of rights. I comforted myself with the “quotations” alibi. Three years later, I am still trying to figure how to resolve this question of rights.Copyright laws and definitions of what falls in the “public domain”, which I am sure are more or less clear if one undertakes this research, were not so apparent to me. Or at least they were not the issue for me at the time of doing this project. In a second video that I’ve just recently made using clips from videos posted on YouTube, I was able to directly contact the people doing the uploading, who mostly happened to be the owners of that material, and they readily and simply allowed me to use it."

http://www.manifestajournal.org/issues/souvenirs-souvenirs/archive-fever-conversation-between-naeem-mohaiemen-maha-maamoun-and-rania

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This comment by Maha Mamoun about the uses of the archive may be of related interest.

"When I first started to inquire about how to get permission to use these scenes, I was advised by a friend in the industry not to start this quest for...

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