The field of expression of photography often exceeds the world as we see it. Images that escape an indexicality to the “real” then oscillate between fact and fiction to represent a hyper-realist, abstract, imaginary or even deeply social and political moment. The exhibition “Imagined Documents” presents contemporary works by artists who perpetuate these practices in and around South Asia.
Wasif Munem’s film “Kheyal”, derived from the Arabic word “Khyal” or “Khayal”, which means “fiction” or “imagination”, is shown here. In this film, the photographer follows four characters through the streets of old Dhaka, Bangladesh while capturing the enigmatic environments and unique identities that inhabit the historic city. He describes his film as a work between reality and fiction, where the lonely characters are “lost in certain mental states and found in other magical situations.” The film navigates between the conscious and the subconscious, and reveals the very different rhythm of life that inhabits the old city.