The curation attempts to identify the hot spots of contemporary conflict, its dynamics and actors, its movement and the trajectories that depart from temporary uneasiness to the desire of building an alternative to one's own situation.
You cannot be an exile in your own Country. The trick is in the map, in the black line drawn around the edges, from the Arabian Sea to the Bay of Bengal, the political boundary that curves around the open mouth of Gujarat and peaks at Kashmir, the thin neck that broadens out to the seven sisters surrounded by China, Burma and Bangladesh . This is the frame in which you must operate, the map hanging from the walls of dusty administrative offices, in schools and newsrooms, in atlases and encyclopedias, ……..(Siddhartha Deb, The Point of Return, 2002,Picador)
Because of empire, all cultures are involved in one another; none is single and pure, all are hybrid, heterogeneous, extraordinarily differentiated and unmonolithic. (Edward Said, Culture and Imperialism)
The connection between art, identity and politics in the Asia-Pacific region is very close, but it is also strained by contradictory and mutually incompatible trajectories.The political and economic space of the Northeast is complex and dynamic. In contrast to the classical center-periphery, national - subnational scheme of thought, a fresh attempt can be made by looking at something as imaginary as "Northeast India" for its own benefit by looking it as a interconnected network of tradition, violence, migration, history, politics & culture.
1. Satomi Matoba - Map of utopia (map)
2. Farhana Syeda - teen pata (photo series)
3. Bruce Allan - box camera to digital (photographs and video)
4. Desire machine collective - Notebook on geography(ies)--video
5. William van Schendel -Photographs with text
6. Temsu Long Kumer - photographs
7. Andreas &Paullina - 2*3 borders (3 channel video)
8. Panos Collective - photographs
a) Kwang Zu Son - Fragmentary Landscapes, 2007, DV, shot in 16mm, Experimental/Documentary, Color/B&W, Sound, 7:10
b)THE THIRD TONGUE, 2003),16mm, Experimental, B&W, Sound, 14 min.
c) Monica Bhasin - Temporary Loss of Consciousness, 35 Mins, 2005
d) Shaina Anand - Himalayan Monogatari, documentary, 34 mins, video. Japanese with English subtitles
e) Desire machine collective – Aliyah, 2006, DV, documentary, sound, colour, 26 mins
f) Moji Riba - Prayers For New Gods,2001
g) Amar Kanwar - The Lightning Testimonies, 2007