Partition in the Modern World: Transdiasporic Art Perspectives

08 July - 13 August 2023
Opening on Sunday, 09 July at 01:00 PM
Evanston Art Center (EAC)
Chicago, USA

Artists: Aida HasanovicAnagh BanerjeeAnsab JehanDoerte WeberGail RitchieJafra Abu ZouloufKara Cobb JohnsonLana CmajcaninLia LapithiMadhurima GangulyManal DeebMariyeh MushtaqMeena MataiNadine NashefNitasha JainiRaisa S KabirRoman RobroekSabine SenftSalma ArastuShameera Din WiestSonia AhmadTulika LadsariyaUrsula Burke

Curated by Pritika Chowdhry

A partition is a change of political borders cutting through at least one territory, often dividing a homeland and fracturing communities along religious, ethnic, or other political lines. The 20th century saw over 25 countries partitioned worldwide, causing bloodshed, ethnic violence, and forced migrations of large segments of populations across the globe.

Partition in the Modern World: Transdiasporic Art Perspectives engages eleven different geopolitical partitions: the partitions of Palestine (1947, 1967, ongoing), Bosnia (1992), Cyprus (1974), Ireland (1921), Germany (1945), Mexico (1848), Native North America (1830-1850), India (1947), Pakistan/Bangladesh (1971), and Kashmir (1947, 1962, 1965).

The artists in this exhibition poetically probe the geopolitical phenomenon of partitioning a country and its aftermath through the dual lenses of cultural memories and multiple diasporic locations, laying bare the reverberations of partitions individually, locally, and globally. Examining, questioning, and protesting these partitions in the registers of human rights, political actors, and gendered fallout, the works engage partition as a political tool and its relevance now, in post-9/11 America and globally.