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Counter-Memory Project

The Counter-Memory Project comprises artworks that engage with the US and global socio-political issues, from a counter-memory perspective. The artworks in this project are anti-memorials to traumatic geopolitical events and highlight narratives that were erased from mainstream discourses.

Close-up of Ungrievable Lives, by Pritika Chowdhry

This anti-memorial seeks to memorialize the Iraqi, Afghani, Syrian, Yemeni, and Pakistani lives lost in America's Wars on Terror post-9/11. Official records put this number at about a million. Unofficial records claim the number to be 37 times that.

This anti-memorial examines the various traumatic events that occurred in the year 1919. It was the year after the first World War and many significant events worldwide, from the US to Australia, China to Mexico, and Russia to Europe.

Closer view of Tamas (Darkness): An Archive of 1919, by Pritika Chowdhry
Installation view of Endlessly: the Shadow Pandemic, by Pritika Chowdhry

This anti-memorial is for the victims of domestic violence, which has seen a sharp increase during COVID. UN Women has termed this phenomenon as the Shadow Pandemic. This is now a global phenomenon, including North America and Europe.

This anti-memorial to loneliness, seeks to raise awareness about the increasing occurrence of and the harmful effects of loneliness, to the extent that the CDC has termed a public health epidemic. 

CLoser view of Empty Time: The Loneliness Epidemic, by Pritika Chowdhry
Installation view of Naturalized: The Immigrant Experience, by Pritika Chowdhry

Even though America is known as a land of immigrants, the process of immigration is traumatic because of the systemic racism embedded in America's immigration and naturalization laws.

This work investigates the colonial history of the English language. It was used as a tool of colonialism, to create a discourse of superior colonizers and inferior natives, who could not speak English.

Closer view of The Masters Tongues, by Pritika Chowdhry