Thursday, September 19, 2013

Nalini Malani and Iftikhar Dadi, Bloodlines (detail), 1997 (refabricated 2011 by workshop of Abdul Khaliq, Saddar, Karachi). Sequins and thread on cloth; two sections: 65 x 73 3/5 inches (165 x 187 cm) and 49 x 62 3/5 inches (124.5 x 159 cm). Courtesy of the artists and Green Cardamom. Image courtesy of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Photo by David O. Brown.

Lines of Control:
Partition as a Productive Space
Conversation with Iftikhar Dadi - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Lines of Control: Partition as a Productive Space 

Conversation with Iftikhar Dadi, exhibition curator and artist; Shuddhabrata Sengupta, artist and member of the Raqs Media Collective; and Sumathi Ramaswamy, core affiliated faculty, BorderWork(s) Humanities Lab at Duke’s Franklin Humanities Institute; with an introduction by Philip Stern, associate professor of history and co-director of BorderWork(s). Followed by a reception with cash bar. Free and open to all. No reservation required. 

This exhibition explores the creation and maintenance of borders, both physical as well as psychological, through the works of artists primarily from South Asia. These artists focus on the idea of partition as a productive space–where nations are made through forging new identities and relationships; reconfiguring memory and creative forgetting; re-writing history and the making of myths; and through the creation and patrolling of borders.