The Boy Who Got Tired of Posing
Curated by Pablo de Ocampo
October 25 – November 24, 2007
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 25, 2007, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Gallery TPW and the South Asian Visual Arts Collective (SAVAC) are pleased to co-present Pakistani artist Bani Abidi’s three-part photo and video installation The Boy Who Got Tired of Posing. At the center of Abidi’s piece is the story of Mohammad Bin Qasim, an 8th century Arab General who led the campaigns to conquer the Sindh and Punjab lands that would become the modern state of Pakistan. Through three imagined narratives—photographs of a young man believing himself to be Bin Qasim, a series of portrait studio images of young boys posing as Bin Qasim, and a segment of a 1993 made for TV movie about Bin Qasim’s conquest of the Sindh— Abidi looks at ways in which the factual and fictitious threads of history are conflated and confounded in the collective memory.