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Partition Memorial Project

The Partition Memorial Project comprises of artworks that engage with the geopolitics of partitioning a nation and ethnic conflict, from a counter-memory perspective. These anti-memorials excavate the counter-memories of the Partition of India, 1947 and the Bangladesh Liberation War, 1971, that created India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. In addition, other partitions that have occurred in the 20th century are also examined and memorialized as part of the Partition Memorial Project.

Installation view of Broken Column, by Pritika Chowdhry

This anti-memorial triangulates public monuments in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, through artistic interventions, and juxtaposes the counter-memories of the Partition of India in 1947, and the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971, as a memory triad.

Silent Waters:
The Uncounted

The forced migration of the Partition of India, displaced 20 million people in 1947, and 30 million people in the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. This anti-memorial seeks to memorialize this mass displacement of people.

  Installation view of Silent Waters, by Pritika Chowdhry
Installation view of Remembering the Crooked Line, by Pritika Chowdhry

This anti-memorial reframes maps and cartography, as the skin of the nation. It examines the partitions of countries from the 20th century - India, Ireland,  Palestine, Cyprus,  Vietnam, Korea, Germany, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

This anti-memorial investigates rape as a weapon of war, and commemorates the over 300,000 women who were abducted and raped in the Partition of Indian in 1947, and the 200,000 - 400,000 women that were raped in the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. 

What the Body Remembers, by Pritika Chowdhry
Installation view of This Handful of Dust: Sticks and Stones, by Pritika Chowdhry

In the aftermath of the Bangladesh War of 1971, over 5000 mass graves have been discovered in Bangladesh. This anti-memorial seeks to excavate the traumatic history of the genocide and war crimes that have shaped the psyche of this new nation. 

This anti-memorial explores the periodic eruptions of communal riots that seem to happen with uncanny regularity in India, since the Partition of 1947. The trace memories of the violence of the partition riots continue to drip into the present day through the recurring communal riots.

Installation view of Memory Leaks, by Pritika Chowdhry