State of Being So Divided

2011 marked the 40th anniversary of the 1971 war that led to the creation of the state of Bangladesh. The Citizens Archive of Pakistan, in conjunction with Vasl Artists’ Collective, Karachi, and the National College of Arts (NCA), Lahore, commemorated the transformation of the subcontinent with an exhibition at the IVS gallery and NCA, chronicling the period from the birth of Pakistan to the birth of Bangladesh.

An interactive exhibit at the IVS Gallery and NCA was curated to take visitors through an interactive timeline from 1947 to 1971 with videos, photographs, objects, oral histories and other archival material. Objects from Dhaka were brought to Karachi and then transported to Lahore.

Never seen before telegrams and photographs about what is one of the most controversial eras of our history were displayed. A collaboration with the 1947 Archive from Berkley, US, showed oral histories from the other side of the border.

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  • Visitors view the exhibition timeline
  • A visitor looks at a historic photo from the CAP archives
  • The exhibition was held at The Indus Valley Gallery in Karachi
  • A visitor engages with a digital display at the show
  • An exhibition at IVS Gallery that transported visitors through an interactive timeline from 1947 till 1971
  • CAP and Vasl Artists’ Collective commemorated the transformation of the Subcontinent
  • State of Being So Divided, a project by Vasl Artists’ Collective and The Citizens Archive of Pakistan
  • The exhibition highlighted the period from the birth of Pakistan
  • Timeline photos
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