To Whom Have We Been Talking? Naeem Mohaiemen’s Fabulation of a People-to-Come

Noit Banai*

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This essay considers Naeem Mohaiemen’s three-channel video installation Two Meetings and a Funeral (2017) and performance-lecture The Shortest Speech (2019/2021) in order to expand the frameworks through which the Cold War might be understood from our contemporary perspective. It analyzes the technologies, techniques, and conventions of social assembly and public address embedded in and animating Mohaiemen’s works and makes visible the problematics of imagining a “people” during the Non-Aligned Movement’s historical context and in our neoliberal global capitalist present.
Original languageEnglish
Article number7
Pages (from-to)115-129
Number of pages15
JournalGlobal Storytelling: Journal of Digital and Moving Images
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • Cold War
  • Non-Aligned Movement
  • storytelling
  • time-based media
  • contemporary art


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