Aman Mojadidi @ TED: Afghan by blood, redneck by the grace of god

Afghan by blood, redneck by the grace of god

Toller TED-Talk von Aman Mojadidi, einem amerikanisch-afghanischen Künstler, der dort vor allem politische Arbeiten macht: „Afghan by blood, redneck by the grace of god“. Seine Einstellung zu seiner Kunst sollte sich jeder an Design und Kreativität interessierte Mensch (und alle „Bunte Bilder mit Kunst verwechseln“-Blogger) hinter die Ohren tätowieren. „I don't wanna paint rainbows […] to try and understand the world that we live in.“ Groß. Das Bild oben kommt von seiner Fotoserie A Day in the Life of a Jihadi Gangster

Imagine being pulled over at a police checkpoint in Afghanistan. Now, imagine that — rather than being in any kind of trouble — the officer stopping you handed you money and apologized on behalf of the Afghani National Police for any bribes you might have had to pay at similar traffic stops in the past.

This is exactly the scenario that artist and TED Fellow Aman Mojadidi created for his video installation “Payback.” In the bold and hilarious talk above, given at TEDGlobal 2012, Mojadidi explains his impetus for impersonating a police officer, as well as the reasoning behind his myriad photography and installation projects. The goal: to blend his American upbringing with his Afghani heritage. While Mojadidi grew up in Florida, he has been living and working in Afghanistan for the past nine years.

“I stand here today Afghan by blood, redneck by the grace of God. An atheist and a radically politicized artist,” he says. “I want to make art that disturbs identity and challenges authority and exposes hypocrisy and reinterprets reality.”

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