Berlin - Exhibition

Bani Abidi: They Died Laughing

Gropius Bau

06 Jun 201922 Sep 2019

With the new project of the artist, The Lost Procession, based on the experiences of the persecuted Hazara community from Quetta, Gropius Bau presents the solo show They Died Laughing which is an extensive presentation of Bani Abidi’s works, bringing together moving image and print-based works that span two decades.

Currently based in Berlin and Karachi, Bani Abidi, known for her distinctive approach to filmmaking, which derives from the dark absurdities of everyday life, assumes the role of a storyteller and urban archaeologist in telling the stories of cities she has lived in.
She often uses video as tool for mnemonic recall while embedding the medium with a poetic function and layers of fiction.

This project, The Lost Procession, is commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation, where Bani Abidi will have a solo exhibition in October 2019, curated by Hoor Al-Qasimi and Natasha Ginwala.

  • Bani Abidi, Karachi Series I, 2009, Courtesy of the artist & Experimenter, Kolkata © Bani AbidiBani Abidi, Karachi Series I, 2009, Courtesy of the artist & Experimenter, Kolkata © Bani Abidi

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Destination: Berlin
Where: Gropius Bau
Type: Talk

“The Man Who Talked till He Disappeared”

Bani Abidi in conversation with Natasha Ginwala

Destination: Berlin
Where: daadgalerie
Type: Lecture

“Of Restless Cities and Ingenious Characters”

A symposium on the artistic practice of Bani Abidi

Contacts & Details

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