Scenes of independence and partition at Bhau Daji Lad
The Bhau Daji Lad museum is marking 70 years of Independence with a massive Partition-themed exhibitionmumbai Updated: Aug 13, 2017 01:21 IST
Drawings of the displaced, an installation of women’s accounts of a brutal crossing, a theatre as a symbol of a sundering — the Bhau Daji Lad museum is marking 70 years of Independence with a massive Partition-themed exhibition.
Part Narratives, which generated considerable interest when it was staged in Delhi in January and now travels to Mumbai for a month, draws on art as testimonial (which comprises the artist’s eyewitness accounts of events from the 1940s and ’50s), art as residue (focused on the period from the ’60s through the ’80s), and finally event as historic imperative (attempts at reflection and understanding, seven decades later). “The title draws from the idea of partial truths, departing and departure in the act of migration and inevitably of Partition,” says curator Gayatri Sinha, via e-mail.
“The event is an incredibly fertile subject that has been tracked in film, TV shows, literature and art. But we haven’t had a single major show dedicated to Partition and this is one step to acknowledge the silence that surrounds the event.”
Participating artists Anita Dube, Arpita Singh, Gigi Scaria, Sheba Chhachhi, Krishen Khanna, Somnath Hore, Susanta Mandal and eight others, in their own distinct ways, weave untold stories into their thought-provoking works. Nandita Raman’s draws from photographs of her family-owned theatre. Its ripped seats suggest brutality, a wholesome past torn asunder. For veteran artist Krishen Khanna, born in Lahore, Partition has been an ongoing theme in his practice. He features displaced people he met along a journey from Lahore to Delhi, and their pain. Anita Dube’s installation addresses the brutal experiences of women.
WHAT: Part Narratives, an exhibition on Partition
WHERE: Bhau Daji Lad museum, Byculla East
WHEN: August 13 to September 19, 10 am to 6 pm (Wednesdays closed)
ENTRY FEE: Rs 10