Lines of Control

The Lines of Control symposium is organized in conjunction with the exhibition Lines of Control: Partition as a Productive Space at Cornell University’s Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art from January 21–April 1. The project was initiated by Green Cardamom, a London-based nonprofit arts organization, in 2005, and is an exhibition-led inquiry into the formative and ongoing dilemmas of the nation-state in the modern and contemporary era. It investigates the notion of partition- and border-making practices, where nations are formed through forging new identities, producing new histories, reconfiguring memories, and the patrolling of physical and psychological borders. It contends with issues of refugeehood, minoritization, and the ethics of sharing national space with others.

Speakers will include major scholars and artists: Salah Hassan, Amar Kanwar, Saloni Mathur, Naeem Mohaiemen, Aamir Mufti, Sandhini Poddar, Jolene Rickard, Sumathi Ramaswamy, Bhaskar Sarkar, Shuddhabrata Sengupta, and Seher Shah.

Major funding for the exhibition, catalog, and accompanying programs is provided by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, the Jarett F. and Younghee Kim-Wait Fund for Contemporary Islamic and Middle Eastern Arts, the Jarett F. and Younghee Kim-Wait Fund for Korean Arts, Gandhara-Art, Mondriaan Foundation, and Ali and Amna Naqvi. Additional support for the symposium and catalog, and film program was provided by Cornell University’s Institute for Comparative Modernities; the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning; the Minority, Indigenous, and Third World Studies Research Group; the Department of Art; the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies; the Department of History of Art; Cornell Cinema; and the South Asia Program.

Cornell’s symposium has been scheduled in coordination with the exhibition Being Singular Plural at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. Organized by the Guggenheim’s Associate Curator of Asian Art Sandhini Poddar, the New York exhibition opens to the public on Friday, March 2, 2012.

Artists and filmmakers in Being Singular Plural include: Sonal Jain and Mriganka Madhukaillya of Desire Machine Collective, Shumona Goel, Shai Heredia, Vikram Joglekar, Amar Kanwar, and Kabir Mohanty.