The Committee on Southern Asian Studies
75 Years Post-Partition: Artist Pritika Chowdhry on her Partition Anti-Memorial Project
In 2007, Pritika Chowdhry created her installation, Queering Mother India, an anti-memorial that examines the experience of women in the Partition of India in 1947. Since then she has continued to build on this body of work through the Partition Anti-Memorial Project. Chowdhry excavates the counter-memories of the Partition and creates experiential art installations that are anti-memorials to the Partition through the dual lenses of postmemory and diasporic (dis)location. Chowdhry is a grandchild of the Partition, and weaves her family’s experience of the Partition into her research.
Chowdhry’s Partition Anti-Memorial Project will be exhibited in a solo retrospective at the South Asia Institute in Chicago from August 5 to December 10, 2022. Parts of the Partition Anti-Memorial Project will subsequently be exhibited in the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, and other prominent venues in the United States in 2023.
About Pritika Chowdhry
Pritika is a socio-political, feminist artist, and has an MFA in Studio Art and an MA in Visual Culture and Gender Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has exhibited her artworks internationally and her artworks are in public and private collections. Pritika has been interviewed about her anti-memorials on CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox affiliates, and articles about her artwork have been published in the Hindustan Times, Indian Express, the Dawn and the Jang Media Group.
This talk will be moderated by Prof. Nisha Kommattam (Department of Comparative Literature) and Eléonore Rimbault (doctoral candidate, Department of Anthropology). Co-sponsored by the Department of Art History.
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