Conference: The Art of Independence: Visions of the Past and Future in India and Pakistan

the art of independence

Conveners: Deborah Swallow and Zeha Jumabhoy

Speakers: Deborah Swallow, Srirupa Roy, Mariah Lookman, Jahnavi Phalkey, Abhay Sardesai (Chair), Shruti Kapila, Sona Datta, Faisal Devji (Chair), Shahzia Sikander, Amar Kanwar, Rattanamol Johal, Saleem Arif Quadri, Sarah Wilson, Sudarshan Shetty, Vyjayanthi Rao

At Midnight on the 15th of August 1947 India and Pakistan achieved their freedom from British Rule. This Conference commemorates the 70th anniversary of that independence. Artists, curators, filmmakers and academics stage a multidisciplinary and multi-media discussion that asks: What futures did the citizens of these new nations envision for themselves? How might we think about the midnight hour, and its many imagined futures, in retrospect?


Day 2, Futures Lost and Found:

Citizenship and Contemporary Art

13 October 2017, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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