With degrees in Cultural Anthropology, Afghan-bred, American-born artist Amanullah Mojadidi's work utilizes an experimental ethnographic approach, combining qualitative research, traditional storytelling, postmodern narrative strategies, and mixed-media artworks (often site-specific installations) to approach themes such as belonging, identity politics, conflict, artifactual history, and migration; intentionally blurring and merging the lines between fact and fiction, documentation and imagination.
For the last several years, Mojadidi has been on a path connecting more deeply with his self, ancestral roots, emotional core, and physical body through shamanism; using various shamanic voyage rituals and different forms of modified consciousness techniques including chanting, meditation, respiration, music, dance, yoga, psychedelics, and other plant medicines. This has led to a search for “emotional” rather than “intellectual” truth in his work, thereby becoming less interested in the intellectualisation of creation, and rather more interested in “feeling” (at core emotional and spiritual levels) his way through the creative process. His interest in engaging with, and further facilitating, the above mentioned “consciousness shifts” has led him to complete a training as a Plant Medicine Ceremony Facilitator this year and a Shamanic Trance Dance Guide & Guardian training to take place in the summer of 2021.
In 2012, he was selected as a TED Fellow for the subversively critical nature of his artistic practice while living in Kabul. He is currently based in Paris, France while he rethinks everything.
He has exhibited his work internationally including the Imperial War Museum-London, Times Square, NYC, Images Biennale, Dhaka Art Summit, 12th Havana Biennale, 3rd Asia Triennial Manchester, 1st Kochi/Muziris Biennale, and dOCUMENTA (13).
2019 Outliers, The Franklin, Chicago, IL, USA
2019 We Are Invisible Here (solo exhibition), Slag Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA
2018 Remembering a Future (lecture-performance), Age of Terror: Art Since 9/11; Imperial War Museum, London, United Kingdom
2017 Once Upon a Place, Public installation in collaboration with Times Square Arts, Times Square, NYC, New York
2016 What They Fear (performative-installation), An Age of Our Own Making; Images Biennale, Roskilde/Copenhagen, Denmark
2016 Untitled Garden #1 (installation), Dhaka Art Summit; National Gallery, Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2015 The Uprooted & The Gift Givers (performance), Field Meeting #3: Thinking Performance; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, USA
2015 Adrift (site-specific installation), 12th Havana Biennale: Between the Idea & the Experience; Havana, Cuba
2015 The Brick (sculpture), Crisis of History v3 – Beyond History; Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2015 Humanity House (installation), Crisis of History v2 – Fight History; Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2014 Commodified (installation), Asia Triennial Manchester; The Imperial War Museum-North, Manchester, UK
2014 A Day in the Life of a Jihadi Gangster, Crisis of History v1 – Welcome to the End of History; Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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