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We offer our respect to Elders both past and present of the Kulin Nation and extend this offer to all Australian First Nations people

Sarhad – The Border

Anindita Banerjee
Wardah Alam

Front Gallery
4 Aug 2018–25 Aug 2018

Sarhad is a collaborative, contemporary art enquiry of two immigrant artists living in a diaspora where ‘The Border’ as they have known it, abruptly vanishes. It is activated by their personal desire to disentangle the complex relationship between India and Pakistan, inherited from the colonial era and unapologetically abused by socio-political agendas.

The border has existed for 70 years. Whether they like it or not they have lived with it. The motivation of this inquiry has however been the change of context and the introduction of the third space – the diaspora. The encounter in this ‘neutral’ space makes them wonder …

This exhibition has culminated from a 15-month journey of conversations and creating work together, where Wardah and Anindita have experienced an unexplained acquaintanceship through shared histories.

  • Anindita is an interdisciplinary artist, working in video, textiles, ephemeral installations and visual art juxtaposed with performance. She describes herself as a twice uprooted Indian and the memories of ritualistic ceremonies and mark-makings and reconstruction of them informs her practice. She is pursuing a creative practice led PhD at Deakin University and her area of interest is the identity of the cultural other and their perpetual search for home.
  • Wardah Alam is a visual artist born in Saudi Arabia lived in Pakistan and has recently moved to Melbourne. She works in various mediums like printmaking, animation, video and installations. Her themes of work are related to life, death and then transitional life. She has exhibited her work in Lahore, Karachi & Islamabad in Pakistan. Her short film screened in KARA International film festival. Alam is a qualified multimedia artists got Distinction in her Master’s degree. She had been teaching in National College of Arts, Lahore for more than 10 years.

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