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Bani Abidi

Scenes from a Nation in Twilight

BY Murtaza Vali

The photographs and video works of Bani Abidi reveal the historical anxieties that shape contemporary Pakistan.

PARI WANIA, 7:42 PM, 22 AUGUST 2008, RAMADAN, KARACHI, 2008, Duratrans lightbox, 50.8 x 76.2 cm.

Under the soft orange glow of a street lamp, a middle-aged woman in a royal-blue sari, its hue repeated in the deepening dusk sky behind her, sits at her dressing table nonchalantly plaiting her hair. A caption at the foot of the photograph introduces her to us: Chandra Acharya. Similarly, we

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