We are very excited to announce the opening of our new exhibit, Proposals for a Memorial to Partition, curated by Murtaza Valli.
Proposals for a Memorial to Partition features works by Saira Ansari, Abdul Halik Azeez, Nihaal Faizal, Rajyashri Goody, Ranjit Kandalgaonkar, Huma Mulji, Sreshta Rit Premnath, Fazal Rizvi, Suneil Sanzgiri, Amba Sayal-Bennett, Prarthna Singh, Jaret Vadera and Munem Wasif.
In the aftermath of British colonial rule, a few crucial weeks in 1947 initiated complex and still-unresolved processes of nation-building across the South Asian subcontinent. The violence of the resulting displacement, fragmentation, and geopolitical conflict endures today, shaping the societies and peoples there and in the diaspora. Proposals for a Memorial to Partition is a peripatetic curatorial platform that solicits, collects, and presents proposals by artists, writers, and other cultural producers for an imagined memorial to the partitions that produced the region’s modern nation-states. The definition of “proposal” is intentionally expansive and flexible, modest in scale and tenor by design, and includes both existing and new work, ranging from sketches and maquettes to texts, publications, and art objects. This fluid framework allows contributors to both address past traumas accompanying the establishment of nations and borders and to take stock of its ongoing effects in the present: never-ending cycles of communal violence, growing authoritarianism, and religious fundamentalism.