Seeds Shall Set Us Free
Artist Munem Wasif
in conversation with Tanzim Wahab
(director of Chobi Mela International Festival of Photography, Dhaka).
In this shared conversation, artist Munem Wasif and curator Tanzim Wahab will discuss Wasif’s mixed-media work Seeds Shall Set Us Free
(2019/22), and the ways the artist seeks to reimagine an indigenous "ecosophical" mode of agriculture. The destruction of the agricultural balance marks today's layers of a land-grab through the introduction of plantation farming and cash crops ("market fruits"). Wasif questions the notion of land and its cultivation, tied to a specific political and geographic context, which eventually could be anywhere. In his work, the grain becomes a living entity in its own right, a companion species to humanity, having names, deities and spirits around which farming is organised.
The event is in English language, you can find the documentation video here: https://youtu.be/KrjVGZ-ff9A