Diasporic returns : reading partition in contemporary art

Correia, A 2017, 'Diasporic returns : reading partition in contemporary art' , Third Text, 31 (145) . (In Press)

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Abstract

This paper proposes an expansion of the field of South Asian Partition Studies to include the work of globally dispersed diasporic artists. Undertaking a detailed study of the work of three contemporary artists, Nilofar Akmut, Zarina Bhimji, and Navin Rawanchaikul, this paper suggests that the legacies of the Partition of British India in 1947 traverse geographical boundaries and have been inherited by a generation who were not witness to its cataclysmic events. In specific artworks, Partition is variously directly or obliquely referenced, and provides a contextual frame for the construction of personal identities. Exhibited in Britain, these artworks also serve to remind audiences of the consequences of British Imperialism, and propose that the Partition of British India should rightly be included in narratives of British History.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Third Text
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0952-8822
Funders: The Paul Mellon Centre for the Study of British Art
Depositing User: Dr Alice Correia
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2017 11:35
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2017 13:05
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/43746

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