The Pakistani photographer, installation and video artist Bani Abidi is known for her unmistakable style of film-making, which often highlights the dark absurdities of everyday life. They Died Laughing is an extensive presentation of Abidi’s oeuvre that brings together moving-image and print-based works spanning two decades.
Abidi uses the medium of film as a tool to record memories – an approach she complements with poetry and fictional elements. Currently based in Berlin and Karachi, the artist takes on the role of a story-teller and urban archeologist alike, by sharing her experiences of the places she has called home. Her works spin tales of ambition and defeat, whilst asking questions about the relationship between state power, patriotism and megalomania.
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