Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

Eszter Szakács + Naeem Mohaiemen — Solidarity Must Be Defended

Event Poster

Friday, November 13, 2020

12:00pm – 1:30pm EST

Eszter Szakács is a curator and researcher. She is a PhD candidate in the project IMAGINART—Imagining Institutions Otherwise: Art, Politics, and State Transformation at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam. Previously she worked at tranzit.hu Budapest, where she has been co-editor of the online international art magazine Mezosfera, co-editor of the book IMAGINATION/IDEA: The Beginning of Hungarian Conceptual Art – The László Beke Collection, 1971 (tranzit.hu, JRP|Ringier, 2014), and curator of the collaborative research project Curatorial Dictionary. In 2018, she organized at tranzit.hu the Hungarian premiere of Two Meetings and a Funeral (Mohaiemen 2017) and is co-editor with Naeem Mohaiemen of anthology Solidarity Must Be Defended (tranzit.hu – Van Abbemuseum – SALT – Tricontinental – Asia Culture Center). She is a curatorial team member of the grassroots art initiative OFF-Biennale Budapest. Her research and practice revolve around prefigurative politics in art organizing, questions of internationalisms, relations between Eastern Europe and the Global South, as well as the exhibitionary form of research.

Naeem Mohaiemen combines films, installations, and essays to research socialist utopia, malleable borders, and unreliable memory. His projects often start from Bangladesh’s two postcolonial markers (1947, 1971) and then radiate outward to unlikely, and unstable, transnational alliances. Projects have shown at Chobi Mela, Tate Britain, MoMA, documenta 14, and the Venice Biennale. He is author of Midnight’s Third Child  (Nokta, forthcoming) and Prisoners of Shothik Itihash (Kunsthalle Basel, 2014); editor of Between Ashes and Hope: Chittagong Hill Tracts in the Blind Spot of Bangladesh Nationalism (Drishtipat, 2010); co-editor (w/ Eszter Szakacs) of Solidarity Must be Defended (Tranzit/ Van Abbe/ Salt/ Tricontinental, 2020); and co-editor (w/ Lorenzo Fusi) of System Error: War is a Force that Gives us Meaning (Sylvana, 2007). Mohaiemen is a Mellon Research Scholar, Society of Fellows & Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University, New York.

Watch the film, Two Meetings and a Funeral, before the talk. A link to stream the film will be available from Thursday, November 12th at 6pm until Friday, November 13th at 6pm. 


South Asia Seminar