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ART REVIEW ASIA SELECTS TWENTY AUTUMN SHOWS YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS – Hettie Judah

Posted On: Friday, September 25th, 2015 | by project88pressadmin

Published in the Autumn 2015 issue of ArtReview Asia

5.Metal Graves

Shumon Ahmed, at Project 88, Mumbai, 30 September – 7 November

Related to that, Dhaka-based photographic artist Shumon Ahmed’s projects turn around the less-seen or overlooked – a Guantánamo Bay detainee returned to Bangladesh after five year’s incarceration; the artist’s complex feelings towards his ‘mad’ mother. In Metal Graves (2009–11, shown last year at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale) he meditates on the materiality, and the human and environmental impact of the ‘dead’ containerships beached in Chittagong in the Bay of Bengal waiting to be broken up for steel, the tools of global trade now ripped apart to be traded themselves; and their links back to the ships of colony and Europe’s Age of Discovery.

ASIA SELECTS TWENTY AUTUMN SHOWS YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS – Hettie Judah