Naeem Mohaiemen

Penn Station Kills Me

Penn Station Kills Me
Architectural installation & video | (w/ gensler+gutierrez, bosko blagojevic) | 2007

Two of the most significant such projects were to be in Israel and Bangladesh (then Pakistan). In Israel, Kahn's "Memorial to the Six Million Jewish Martyrs" would join the Jerusalem synagogue as an unfinished project, but Daniel Liebeskind's later design carried many strands of it. In 1968, tensions between the two wings of Pakistan were at boiling point. Anxious to preserve national unity, military dictator Ayub Khan commissioned Kahn to build a central complex in Dhaka that would be the capital and administrative center. But while Kahn's grand project was going on, political reality overtook these ambitions. "When the war was on everybody said, stop working because we don't know what's going to happen, we don't know if there is going to be a government after this, and you're not being paid."

New York: "The Building Show," Exit Art, 2007.
Dhaka: Lecture, Mangalbarer Shabha, Dhanmondi, 2007.
Mexico City: Backroom, Research documents, La Celda Contemporanea, 2008.
Paris: Research documents, Kadist Art Foundation, 2008

Video Clips: Installing at Exit Art
Essay: Fortress of Solitude (published Daily Star 2008, Reprinted Dhaka Tribune 2014)