No Women’s Land. Re-imaging Border Spaces through Visual Arts

Alessandra Marino
Publication date: 
February 2011
Publication type: 
Journal article

The borderland between India and Pakistan is a travelling place; women visual artists from the subcontinent portray the frontier as an open space to be passed through and constantly rebuilt. Following multiple transgressions of limits and borderlines, this article explores how art can be turned into political praxis in order to actively modify reality. Shilpa Gupta and Nalini Malani use their art works to present border crossing as a valuable political action, able to re-signify geography and introduce a sense of community based on lack and mourning. Their artistic narrations of the Western Indian border invite the audience to take part in a journey across time and space, contact zones and war areas, and eventually question the very foundation of nations and national identities.

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