Turbine Bagh exhibited at South Asia Institute, Chicago. Part of Diasporic Rhizome exhibition, 15 March 2021 - 15 April 2021
Work exhibited at Asia Society, Houston, Texas. Part of Shahidul Alam: Truth to Power
13 Feb 2021 - 11 Jul 2021
Work selected by Future Architecture Platform as part of their 2020 call for Ideas. The Future Architecture platform was founded by the Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO), Ljubljana (Slovenia) in November 2015.
Lita’s House: Exploring Human Loss Through Architecture, Sofia Karim
Joint artists action at Tate Modern, Turbine Hall, 2PM 28th March 2020, #turbinebagh
Join us to protest. We stand in solidarity with mass protests taking place across India, sparked by anti muslim citizenship laws. We will be staging a peaceful artists’ demonstration in the Turbine Hall, Tate Modern. Our message is unity and resistance against racism, fascism, and far-right nationalism.
POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19. AWAIT FURTHER NOTICE
"Included in the Rubin exhibition is a white 3D model, never before displayed, that Mr. Alam’s niece, the architect Sofia Karim, constructed — based on his memories — of the Keraniganj prison on the city outskirts,"
“Sofia Karim, Essays of an Architecture of Disappearance” included in Angkor Photo Festival 2019, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Talking Point, nTV Europe, November 2019
One hour TV interview - thoughts on architecture, art and activism.
A Show of Defiance - Alam at the Rubin
"the Rubin exhibition features architectural and sculptural models, designed by Karim and based on Alam’s testimony, of the year he spent moving among the inmates of Dhaka."
Art work published by Steidl in Shahidul Alam’s new book The Tide Will Turn, edited by Vijay Prashad. 30 October 2019
‘What kind of people want to be architects?’ Sofia Karim is one of the inspirational speakers today 27.09.19 @CamdenCouncil
‘A rope and a stair’ exhibited at NAE open, Nottingham, UK, 13 July - 8 September 2019
Ode to an Urn – Military Industrial Complex
A long way to run
"Sometime before my arrest, Sofi had decided to give up her job as an architect to have a go at being a full-time artist. Now she’s turned her art into a tool for activism and jail reform seems to be a theme we both share."
Protesting Censorship in Cuba to Precarious Comedy in London, How Artists Flipped the Script in 2018.
'In the meantime, Bruguera, Karim and Alam’s actions continue to inspire for their courage, optimism and empowering generosity."
Tania Bruguera Arrested Twice in Cuban Censorship Law Protests; Threatens to Go on Hunger Strike.
"Bruguera’s sister, Deborah, along with friend Sofia Karim told us: ‘Tania is continuing in the fight against censorship and for the freedom of the other detained artists. We believe that the artists concerned have commenced a hunger and thirst strike. "
Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam granted bail after 102 days in jail—but must still face trial. Court decision comes after a wave of protests from cultural and political figure
"Alam’s niece, Sofia Karim, says that she will continue to campaign for all charges to be dropped; a trial date has not yet been set. “We just want to see him out of jail as soon as possible with no delay or obstruction,” she tells The Art Newspaper."
One Hundred Days: The Ballad of Keraniganj Jail
Internationally acclaimed photographer Shahidul Alam was granted bail by the High Court on Thursday, November 15—on his 102nd day in prison. This write-up was prepared by his niece to commemorate his 100th day in detention.
After an International Outcry From Activists and Artists, Photographer Shahidul Alam Is Finally Granted Bail in Bangladesh
"Sofia Karim, Alam’s London-based niece, explained to artnet News...
This is a win for supporters in relation to the first part: the bail. But we still have to keep campaigning for the case itself and all charges to now be dropped."
Tania Bruguera Shows Solidarity for Photographer Shahidul Alam at Tate Modern.
"Karim continued, “Some people have asked me how much real difference this sort of gesture makes in whether or not my uncle will be released.” To that, she responds: “I know that when my uncle heard about this show (and other shows) it made him very happy. Also my aunt. That counts for everything as far as I’m concerned. Through art, Tania is helping in the fight for someone’s life and very existence — that is invaluable.”"
Tania Bruguera Stages an Impromptu Intervention at the Tate Modern in Solidarity With Jailed Photographer Shahidul Alam."Art never meant so much to me," says Alam's niece
Tania Bruguera at Tate Protests Imprisonment of Bangladeshi Photographer Shahidul Alam
"Karim, who has been campaigning for Alam’s release, said the protests in solidarity with Alam held by various figures in the international art world had been overwhelming and ‘gave great emotional support to us as a family’"
Anish Kapoor, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Other Leading UK Art Figures Join Outcry Over Jailed Photographer Shahidul Alam
Shahidul Alam, Lessons in Unlearning
"Alam’s niece Sofia Karim remembers the advice that Alam had given to her as a child, when she felt she had been wronged: “You should be transparent, you should say what you need to say in front of everyone, then the perpetrator has the right to a defence and he can challenge you”.
Turbine Bagh to be exhibited at V&A museum London, September-November 2021, before touring internationally