Scenes from a Nation in Twilight
The photographs and video works of Bani Abidi reveal the historical anxieties that shape contemporary Pakistan.
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…