Basir Mahmood: Good ended happily — at KINDL, Berlin

Basir Mahmood
OBSIDIAN MIRROR
KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art
M1 VideoSpace. Am Sudhaus 3, 12053 Berlin
29 August 2021 – 27 February 2022Curated by Kathrin Becker
All images copyright and courtesy of the artist(s) and KINDL, Berlin. Photos: Jens Ziehe

The point of departure for Basir Mahmood’s (* 1985 in Lahore, Pakistan, lives in Amsterdam and Lahore) single-channel video work Good ended happily (2018, 13:05 min.) is his interest in the working processes of the film industry. The artist left the production to a film crew from “Lollywood” in Lahore—once a thriving centre of the film industry, which today only has a marginal presence in Pakistan’s cultural landscape. The only directions he gave to the crew were that the events should revolve around the death of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. In the film, Mahmood makes the instructions from the director, cameraman, and assistant audible, so that the production process develops a reality of its own.


Artist Talk (in English)
Basir Mahmood in conversation with Hajra Haider Karrar
20 October 2021, 7 pm