An Afghan woman wearing 1960's style clothing speaking frantically into a CB.

What We Left Unfinished

Mariam Ghani with Qasim Naqvi
Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 7PM

A work-in-progress screening of Mariam Ghani’s feature film, What We Left Unfinished, which is currently in post-production at EMPAC. Following the screening, Ghani and the film’s composer Qasim Naqvi will discuss the relationship between sound and image in the film.

Based on the history of the Afghan Film Archive (the state film institute based in Kabul, Afghanistan), What We Left Unfinished reconstructs hidden and parallel narratives of both state propaganda and the experience of the Afghan Film Archive’s management and film directors during the period of Afghan Communism. Alongside his group Dawn of Midi, Qasim Naqvi has scored and recorded soundtracks for Mariam Ghani’s moving-image works for over a decade. The two artists began collaborating (with choreographer Erin Ellen Kelly) in 2006 with Performed Places—an ongoing site-responsive video and performance series.

Main Image: Mariam Ghani, What We Left Unfinished. Film Still: courtesy Mariam Ghani


Dates + Tickets

Time-Based Visual Art
What We Left Unfinished
Mariam Ghani with Qasim Naqvi
Thursday 29
7:00 PM
November 2018



EMPAC 2018–19 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts.