Exhibition 'My East is Your West' brings Indian, Pakistani artists together

Indian Gujral foundation funds show bringing together two contemporary artists of India and Pakistan together at Venice Biennale

Updated Jul 28, 2015

“From a shared history, a divided present, we dream a common future,” said Feroze Gujral, Director and Founder of The Gujral Foundation for India’s and Pakistan’s current situation.

In the political world it might seem like an utopia to work for a common future together for Pakistan and India, however everything is rosy and pleasant in the art world for a better future.

International artists Shilpa Gupta (India) and Rashid Rana (Pakistan) will work together on a shared exhibition in the Palazzo Benzon, in the centre of Venice on the Grand Canal at 56th Venice Biennale.

While performing their arts, the duo raises some interesting questions. “What would it be called if we were one country today?“ asks Pakistani artist Rashid Rana.

Indian artist Shilpa Gupta says: "Now you are on the line where I last night made the border. But since it is raining today, it’s a bit difficult to see it." 

"My East is Your West" will present India and Pakistan as a singular region within the context of the Venice Biennale.

The aim of the project is to reposition the complex historical relations between the two countries. India and Pakistan were divided 68 years ago. 14 million people were displaced in the partition of the two countries in 1947. Muslims fled to Pakistan, and Hindus and Sikhs headed to India. Up to a million died during process.

The director and founder of the Gujral Foundation, Feroze Gujral said: “There is never any healing but there can be a celebration, a cultural conversation, that can cross borders.”

“I am interested in messing with time and location … As artists we can defy these borders,” says Pakistani artist Rashid Rana.

"My East is Your West” exhibition which will unite historically conflicting countries of India and Pakistan in a collaborative exhibition by one artist from each country can be visited between May 5 and October 31, 2015.

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