November 18 2022–January 8 2023
Aziz Hazara: It’s Only Sound That Remains
at Smack Mellon
Aziz Hazara’s first major solo exhibition in NYC, It’s Only Sound That Remains examines sound as a powerful repository for memory, recognition, and a source of critical reflection in contemporary Afghanistan. Curated by Muheb Esmat, the exhibition brings together two large-scale video installations by Hazara that highlight the sonic performativity of power and politics in the everyday. Through two distinct acoustic experiences: a mourning ritual, and Kabul’s soundscape during the most recent regime change, the works in this exhibition portray sounds as a formidable agent and medium for personal and social transformation.