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Unbearable Memories, Unspeakable Histories - Partition Museum

Virtual 3D Exhibition

“Unbearable Memories, Unspeakable Histories (part 2)”, a solo art exhibition by Pritika Chowdhry, commemorates the 76th anniversary of the 1947 Partition of the Indian subcontinent. It continues Chowdhry’s Partition Anti-Memorial Project that addresses the Partition of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Kashmir through experiential art installations that serve to educate and evoke empathetic responses in viewers. 

August 14-15, 2023 marks the 76th anniversary of India’s and Pakistan’s independence from the British on August 14-15, 1947. The 75th year of independence was marked by several celebrations in the subcontinent and its diasporas, and now the commemorative year is drawing to a close as the 76th anniversary approaches. 

Pritika Chowdhry’s exhibition “Unbearable Memories, Unspeakable Histories,” parts 1 and 2 bracket this commemorative year. Her Partition Anti-Memorial Project was featured in a solo retrospective at the South Asia Institute in Chicago in 2022, and are currently on display at the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, and some of her newer works in this series were featured in this solo exhibition at The Art Center of HIghland Park in Chicago, from August 11, 2023 – September 23, 2023.

Pritika Chowdhry’s exhibitions “Unbearable Memories, Unspeakable Histories,” parts 1 and 2 are now housed as virtual 3D exhibitions in the Online Partition Museum, which you can view and walk through.

Pritika Chowdhry’s anti-memorials create alternate ways to remember and memorialize traumatic geopolitical events, from the dual lenses of diasporic postmemory. Evoking corporeal bodies through a myriad of materials, the exhibition highlights generational resilience and resistance.