The new collection commemorates the end of the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War and features moving and visually evocative sculptural installations that serve as an anti-memorial for this equally painful and liberating time of upheaval in Bangladesh’s history. Pritika Chowdhry has completed the collection ahead of Bangladesh’s Independence Day, which is marked on the 26th of March, and is currently fielding inquiries from interested art curators and gallery heads.
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Pritika Chowdhry’s new collection has been completed upon the back of a wave of recent acclaim for her award-winning work. Enriched by and imbued with a distinctively post-colonial, South Asian and feminist sensibility, her latest mixed media collection reflects her evolution as an experiential artist and as a strong force for social change.
The award-winning artist believes that events like Independence Day are commemorated and remembered in two ways. One is a way of mourning, for the grievous loss of human life during the war that was waged for this independence. The other is a celebration of new beginnings and the possibility of a life lived in freedom.
Although some of the dialogue around the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War captures this duality, Pritika Chowdhry believes that the narratives of remembrance still exclude the experiences of women, who were, in many ways, both colonialism and the war’s greatest victims.
As such, her new collection serves as a counter monument. In her two new core exhibits, ‘Broken Column: Official Memory, Official Forgetting’ and ‘This Handful of Dust: The Mass Graves of the Liberation War’, Chowdhry brings women’s hidden and erased stories to light. She renders them powerfully using brass, iron and copper metal art, complemented by mixed textures of handmade paper, fabric, ceramics, glass, latex and silicone.
Pritika Chowdhry’s collection facilitates audience interaction and has been designed to raise awareness regarding the ongoing scars of colonialism and the Bangladesh Liberation War upon the American-Bangladeshi diaspora.
She is currently touring her exhibition throughout Chicago, Illinois and the greater United States and is taking bookings from art museums and galleries.
A spokesperson for the artist said, “Pritika Chowdhry’s new collection is not only an anti-memorial in the sense that it seeks to highlight those memories that go unmemorialized. In its form, it utilizes a radically different aesthetic than the typical state monument. It is made in fragile material, not granite. It is something that must be cared for, and the viewer must be careful while inside. It is tender, haunting and silent as the grave.”
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