"Everyday Partitions: South Asia in Contemporary Art"

Sonal Khullar, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Washington
April 6, 4:30 pm, Pruyne Auditorium (Fayerweather Hall), Amherst College
Khular Borders, nations, and partitions have figured prominently in recent work by Bangladeshi, Indian, and Pakistani contemporary artists. This talk examines exhibitions of contemporary art – My East is Your West (Venice, 2015), This Night-Bitten Dawn (Delhi, 2016), and The Missing One (Dhaka, 2016)— that cite the historical legacy of the Partition of British India in 1947 to reflect on the present. These exhibitions took up Partition as a method and material with which to probe the making and unmaking of place, identity, community, and society in contemporary South Asia. They rejected national-cultural models for artistic production and display, and articulated new forms of postcolonial and global citizenship.
​Sonal Khullar is the author of Worldly Affiliations: Artistic Practice, National Identity, and Modernism in India, 1930-1990 (University of California Press, 2015). Her current research focuses on conflict, collaboration, and globalization in contemporary art from South Asia.
Supported by the Lurcy Fund,the Eastman Fund, the Tagliabue Fund and the Department of Art & the History of Art, Amherst College.