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'Home1947' attempts to fill gaps left by history with personal narratives of people affected by Partition

'Home1947' attempts to fill gaps left by history with personal narratives of people affected by Partition

KARACHI: It is a painful walk through history, among the broken remnants of the partition of the subcontinent in 1947, an immersive exhibition that transports you to a time that marked the separation of not just a piece of land, but also of families, neighbours, and hearts.

“Home1947” is an exhibition by Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, open to the public at the Dolmen Mall in Clifton. First showcased at the Manchester International Festival in the United Kingdom earlier this year, the installation was co-commissioned by the British Council as part of its programme to celebrate 70 years in Pakistan and its work to strengthen cultural ties between the UK and Pakistan.

Also read: Partition — An interactive project by Dawn exploring stories from 1947




Historical documentation greatly neglects the first person narrative, which is where Ms Chinoy’s installation aims to fill in the gaps. She takes the lives of ordinary individuals directly impacted by partition and presents it through various mediums — short drama and documentary films, corridor installations, projection room, pop-up museums, virtual reality as well as sound and music.

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