Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy showcased her immersive exhibition HOME1947 for the second time in Pakistan at Dolmen Mall, Clifton in Karachi. Following a phenomenal response to the installation at the Heritage Now Festival in Lahore, HOME1947 is now open to public from 23 December 2017 till 15 January 2018.
HOME1947 was first showcased at the Manchester International Festival in the UK earlier this year; the installation was co-commissioned by the British Council as part of its programming to celebrate 70 years in Pakistan and its work to strengthen cultural ties between UK and Pakistan.
It is a deeply personal exploration of the lives and stories of the millions that were displaced in 1947 during the creation of two new independent states, India and Pakistan. Through a series of short drama and documentary films, a gallery installation, and a reimagining of a century-old house, recreating the long-lost sights, sounds and smells of what millions once called home, it explores this world not through the words of historians and politicians, but through the eyes of those who lived through it.
At the opening, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy said; “HOME1947 is an ode to my grandparents’ generation whose stories I grew up listening to. As you walk through the installation, imagine the journeys people made, the conversations that were interrupted, the broken friendships and promises, the playgrounds children left behind, the empty corridors of their homes and those suitcases of memories locked away forever. HOME1947 is a deeply personal reflection of the events of 1947”
The exhibition will be showcased till 15 January 2018.