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Exhibition: Paper Cuts - Art, Bureaucracy, and Silenced Histories in Colonial India

Location

The Peltz Gallery,

Birkbeck, School of Arts,
43 Gordon Square,
London,
WC1H 0PD

Dates

This exhibition runs from Thu, 25th Apr 2024 to Fri, 12th Jul 2024.

Forthcoming dates:

Mon,
27th May 2024  
(10am - 8pm)
Tue,
28th May 2024  
(10am - 8pm)
Wed,
29th May 2024  
(10am - 8pm)
Thu,
30th May 2024  
(10am - 8pm)
Fri,
31st May 2024  
(10am - 8pm)
Mon,
3rd Jun 2024  
(10am - 8pm)
Tue,
4th Jun 2024  
(10am - 8pm)

Cost: Free of Charge

Description

Who gets remembered, and who forgotten? This exhibition examines a collection of works on paper made by British colonialists in nineteenth-century India. Seen in public for the first time, the collection is placed into dialogue with contemporary artworks by Ravista Mehra and Divya Sharma. PAPER CUTS critically reflects on the silencing effect of the colonial archive - and points toward a more equitable future.

More information

The British governed India by paper as much as by force. Reams of it circulated in the form of records, contracts, and trade receipts. Taxation and other methods of extracting wealth likewise relied on paper.

Paper also created a visual record. In 1851, Scottish engineer George Turnbull arrived in India tasked with building its first long-distance railway. While there, Turnbull collected drawings and watercolours by his colleagues, creating an archive that depicts the region from the perspective of the British engineers building the railway. Paper Cuts is the first time these images have been publicly displayed.

Like many colonial archives, the Turnbull Collection foregrounds the British while silencing the stories of the Indian people portrayed. How can we remember what has been forgotten? This exhibition invites two Indian artists, Ravista Mehra and Divya Sharma, to intervene through contemporary artworks. Combining past and present, we can create a more equitable future


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This exhibition runs from Thu, 25th Apr 2024 to Fri, 12th Jul 2024

This event runs over several days/weeks. Dates include:

May 2024

June 2024

July 2024

Location

The Peltz Gallery,

Birkbeck, School of Arts,
43 Gordon Square,
London,
WC1H 0PD

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