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The Maldives Exodus Caravan Show ∿ with Matana Roberts, Sana & Ismail Azeem ∿ talk by J.J. Robinson ∿ honoring the missing journalist Rilwan

Sun, September 21 '14 – Sun, September 21 '14


OPENING CEREMONY presented by Paesthetics September 21st, 3pm - 7:30pm

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Screening of a video of Maldivian Journalist Ahmed Rilwan and his work, compiled by the #FindMoyameehaa team. Rilwan has been missing since 8th August and is feared to have been abducted.

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New York City-based saxophonist and sound experimentalist Matana Roberts is best known as the creator of the multi-volume conceptual work Coin Coin. Working in many performance and sound mediums including composition, improvisation, dance, poetry, and theater, she aims to expose the mystical roots and the intuitive spirit raising traditions of American creative expression in her music and art. Her innovative work has forged new conceptual approaches to considering narrativity, history, and political expression within improvisatory structures.


Azeem is a performance poet and hip-hop MC, residing in Brooklyn, New York. The former leader of early-'90s rap/funk band Telefunken, Azeem went on to write songs and perform with Spearhead. He released his debut solo EP Garage Opera in 1999, and has toured in Lollapalooza, and has been featured in the PBS special “United States of Poetry”. Azeem will be sharing the performing alongside his daughter, Sana, who was born in the Maldives.

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JJ Robinson has worked as a journalist for 10 years, including four as editor of the Maldives’ first independent English-language news outlet. He covered crooked elections, political riots, Islamic extremism, human trafficking, grand corruption of the judiciary and was among the only foreign witnesses to the 2012 coup d’état that toppled the country’s first democratically-elected government. He has appeared on the BBC, Radio Australia, Al Jazeera and others as a Maldives expert, and also appeared on regional freedom of expression advisory panels for the UN. He is a Fulbright scholar and recipient of the Alistair Cooke Award in Journalism.

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THE MALDIVES EXODUS CARAVAN SHOW curated by Søren Dahlgaard + supported by Babycastles September 21st – October 5th, 2014

The Maldives Exodus Caravan Show is curated by artist Søren Dahlgaard, first shown as the official Collateral Event at the 55th Venice Biennale hosted by Museum of Everything. Featuring an international selection of artists including 8 Maldivian, this touring exhibition groups various aspects of geopolitics, human rights, collaboration, public space and creativity as an expanded conversation about climate change and art as a tool for social change.

Søren Dahlgaard developed the project in response to the environmental and political plight of the Maldives. As a chain of low-lying atolls in the Indian Ocean the Maldives are under grave threat from rising sea levels due to climate change. Politically the Maldives have also struggled for many years under dictatorship until a brief period of democracy with the presidency of well known climate- and political activist Mohamed Nasheed from 2008-2012.

Søren Dahlgaard, a long term resident of the Maldives, explains: Exodus refers to the majority of the Maldivian population that wishes to escape the unbelievable acts of brutality and repression of human rights, which continue by the current regime. Exodus also refers to the climate change issue in the Maldives, which could lead to the entire Maldivian population becoming climate refugees.

Contributors: Mohammed Azzam Axza// Bik Van der Pol// Else Marie Bukdahl// Christian Falsnaes// Funko// Mark Harvey// Antti Laitinen// The Land Foundation// Kamin Lertchaiprasert// Ja MaaL// 1984 Maldives// Mo Manal// Virginie Moerenhout// Fathmath Nadira// Mohamed Nasheed// Mariyam Omar// Playmakers in Maldives//Alexander Ponomarev// Psychonautfromatlantis// Mohamed Simon// SUPERFLEX// Meir Tati// Rirkrit Tiravanija

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Maldivian food by Umay Mohamed + G Lucas Cenne

Additional artwork by Silent Barn AirSWAP


$5 Suggested Donation, no one will be refused entry.

Presented by Paesthetics + supported by Babycastles

Special thanks to The Canned Ham