›Live True Life or Die Trying‹

In Live True Life or Die Trying Naeem Mohaiemen uses texts to meditate upon the ways by which his camera, “soaked in bias and sympathy”, might alter his documentation of two different protest rallies—one by a leftist group, the second by Islamists—which took place in on the same day in Dahka in early 2009. What is left out by the photo-frame every time Mohaiemen documents a protest rally? And what sort sort of narratives and assumptions are stealthy inscribed into these images? Mohaiemen combines a documentary approach with poetic and theoretical writing, carefully exposing the contradictions at play within the fiction of neutrality.

Naeem Mohaiemen: Live True Life or Die Trying, 2009, C-Prints