Qasim Filmwallah

Qasim Riza Shaheen presents a series of Snapchat recordings in which he engages with the act of embodying the songs of playback singers and the mimetics of the actor in South Asian film cultures, namely, the subconscious imitating of others, including extending that to the realm of desire.
Appropriating the ‘wallah’ lineage and using the frame of social media applications he queers and questions modes of representing power, love and desire. By lip-syncing recognisable songs he defamiliarises them, thereby subverting expectations.

In this presentation ‘Qasim Filmwallah’ we hear a recording of him thinking out loud as we experience his temporal works, as the snapchat stories disappearing from public view after 24 hours while, at the same time, being archived.