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Commemorating Two Decades

By Gayatri Sinha

Funeral of Safdar Hasmi, January, 1989. Photo by Ram Rahman. 

Courtesy Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust, New Delhi.

Activists use walls like polemic tracts, cramming together messages and forceful rhetoric. The Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust (SAHMAT), a New Delhi-based artist-activist collective, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with a series of events, including an exhibition packed with artworks and historical objects that relate the group’s turbulent first two decades.

Activist-photographer Ram Rahman, one of the group’s founders, organized the show “Image, Music, Text,” which ran from January

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