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UMISAA Scholar’s Solo Exhibition in India

Aziz Hazara, a UMISAA (UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Institute for South Asian Arts) scholar from Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts and Design, will be showcasing his solo exhibition at Experimenter – Ballygunge Place, Kolkata, India, from April 21 – June 17, 2023.

The exhibition titled “No Starting Point for Revolution” is the artist’s first solo at the gallery and in the country. Hazara works across the mediums of photography, video, sound, and installation. Through his works, one encounters themes of memory, archive, surveillance, the panopticon, and politics of representation in the backdrop of violence and war in Afghanistan.

“No Starting Point for Revolution” intends to address the sensibility of what it is to live in a war zone, where the body and landscape are inherently in conflict. It proposes that any search for an end to war rests on resistance to and exposure of invisible structures of power and control that uphold it and the truths that lie behind them.

About the Artist:

Born in the province of Wardak, close to Kabul in Afghanistan in 1992, Hazara lives and works between Berlin and Kabul. He did his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Beaconhouse National University, Lahore in 2017. Select exhibitions include It's Only Sound That Remains Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, 2022; Is It Morning For You Yet, The 58th Carnegie International, Pittsburg, USA, 2022; Penumbra, Fondazione In Between Art Film, Venice, Italy, 2022, Gardens as Thought Form: Lexicons for Revolution Experimenter, Kolkata, 2021; Words At An Exhibition: Exhibition In Ten Chapters And Five Poems, Busan Biennale in Busan, South Korea, 2020; NIRIN 22nd Biennale of Sydney in Sydney, Australia, 2020; No End in Sight, Hessel Museum of Art Bard College in New York USA, 2020, among others. Hazara was awarded the main prize.

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