KOEL Gallery’s 8th Annual Exhibition
7 – 24 FEBRUARY, 2017
In 2017, as Pakistan celebrates 70 years of independence, the curatorial framework for KOEL GALLERY’s 8th Annual Special Exhibition also finds its basis in the idea of ‘partition’ or taqseem (Urdu).
In 2017, as Pakistan celebrates 70 years of independence, the curatorial framework for this exhibition also finds its basis in the idea of ‘partition’ or taqseem (Urdu), examining and unpacking the word itself, with its multiple layers, meanings, constructs and translations.While the partition of India and Pakistan become the immediate narrative that bears investigation, the exhibition aims also to look at the word ‘partition’ itself, and to decode this as conceptual matter.
Notions of geographies, borders and boundaries come into play, inherently porous and abstract in nature, as do ideas of movement (and memory), migrations and journeys. Viewed through a semiotic lens, ‘partition’ in the Urdu language unfolds into words such as taqseem, batwaara and hud, each carrying with it its own connotations and implications. In English, this can also be seen as a division, a screen, barrier or separation (evoking conceptions of spatiality amongst myriad other transliterations).
In this context of the unpacking/unfolding of language, the exhibition takes on an expanded field that not only encompasses the visual arts, but also the historically inextricable sphere of literature, as well as that of history and the archive, explored through the (forthcoming) catalogue. In this way, a process is begun through which new ideas come to germinate and incubate, overlapping and expanding, investigating and breaking open this word at both the macro and micro levels of deconstruction. Taqseem then becomes the starting point of a larger conversation created by the dialogue set up through the interchange of narratives within the works, coming to function as a space without a visible end (border/boundary) where potentials for eventual and continued outcomes are left open to possibility.