Naeem Mohaiemen’s new film Jole Dobe Na (Those Who Do Not Drown) is a dreamlike and meditative story about loss and care. In an abandoned hospital, a man moves through empty wards, running in his mind an endless memory loop of the last months of his wife’s life. Through his repetitive recall, Mohaiemen’s work expresses how the departed live on in the minds of those left behind.
Jole Dobe Na (Those Who Do Not Drown) was commissioned by the Yokohama Triennale and Bildmuseet, where it is now being shown for the first time following its premiere in Japan. The film is presented together with earlier works on memory, photography and history, including the acclaimed film installation Two Meetings and a Funeral (2017) which premiered at documenta 14.
Naeem Mohaiemen (b. 1969, London) lives and works in New York. In films, installations, drawings and essays he investigates legacies of socialist utopias, incomplete decolonisation, and how shifting borders, citizenship and language wars shape people’s lives. Mohaiemen has presented his work extensively at exhibitions and film festivals around the world. He was a finalist for the Turner Prize in 2018.