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STATE OF THE ART

Lines of Control

by Hammad Nasar

FARIDA BATOOLLine of Control, 2004, lenticular print, 96 x 48 in. Courtesy the artist.

Over a few brutal weeks in 1947, more than 15 million people were displaced and between 500,000 to one million killed, as British India split into a Hindu-dominated but constitutionally secular India and a Muslim Pakistan, itself bifurcated into eastern (now Bangladesh) and western wings. The scale of Partition's bloodshed reflected the dysfunctional relationships created both by the British leaders' potent mixture of ignorance and arrogance as they sought…

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