Paradise Lost

Modern South Asia Seminar in collaboration with Asian Modernities and Traditions
presents a first ever collaborative event with student-curators:

‘Paradise Lost: Desire and Dissent in Contemporary Art from Kashmir’

Opening: 7 May, 1700h
Location: Old School, Pieterskerkhof 4A, Leiden.

A brief note on the exhibition:
Depicted as either a ‘paradise on earth’ with its breathtaking natural beauty, or as a bone of contention between India and Pakistan, the Himalayan valley of Kashmir is barely ever talked about outside the trope of a disputed territory desired by both nation-states. The voices of the population living in the contested area caught between the two countries and their territorial and political ambitions have been largely ignored.
This exhibition sheds light on Kashmiri narratives by focusing on how artists engage with the history of the region and how they imagine and represent Indian administered Kashmir. The exhibition is motivated by the need to listen to Kashmiri voices and to break the silence that surround the military occupation of Kashmir, one of the world’s most heavily militarized areas. By displaying the works of painters, photographers, poets and cartoonists from different generations this exhibition explores how Kashmiris use art as a medium of dissent and as a way to bear witness and deal with political uncertainty in the Himalayan valley.
This exhibition will be accompanied by talks and film-screenings on civil rights activism, and the different forms of art, memory and resistance that have emerged from the valley of Kashmir.
The inauguration will be followed by a reception.

We look forward to welcoming you!