As if we could ever leave anything behind.
-Pierre Joris

Delhi-based art gallery, Exhibit 320’s current exhibit ‘A Trifecta of Movement’ showcases three contemporary voices from the Indian subcontinent whose works stand at the intersection of partition, memory, migration, global commerce, labour exploitation and issues that surfaced in this region after 1947. Yasmin Jahan Nupur (Bangladesh), Koralegedara Pushpakumara (Sri Lanka) and Arpita Akhanda (India) together construct a narrative referencing their lived experiences, memories and history of people from a certain class.

Embroidering political maps on the coveted fabric of Jamdani, artist Yasmin Jahan Nupur addresses the issues of exploitation of migrant labourers in the textile industry. Her encounter with the immigrant textile workers in Mauritius took her closer to the reality of the capitalist economy, forced labour, displacement and the sense of loss. Whereas Nupur’s works speak about the migration of a class of people, Arpita Akhanda deals with her very personal family history of hailing from a migrant family from Bangladesh. Her grandfather, who escaped the political turmoil in the partition-affected Bangladesh and traveled to different parts of India, had documented his journey and life events in his journal, family albums, letters and other official and personal documents. Akhanda delves into that personal and family archive to trace her geopolitical identity. Experiencing the political unrest as an activist, Koralegedara Pushpakumara makes political statements through his otherwise innocent-seeming portrayals of Niyangala flower (national flower of Tamil Eelam).

Inaugurated on the occasion of Delhi Contemporary Art Week the exhibition will end on 30th May.

Image courtesy of exhibit320 yasminjahannupur koralegedarapushpakumara

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