[CSH-ICAS:MP-CNRS80-IFI Exhibition] Memories of Change

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Showcasing the pamphleteer testimonies born in Indian campus spaces, the exhibition Memories of Change rejuvenates political memories of educated youth by illuminating the transformative experience of the ‘boudoir’ of post-independence India. It takes you to the student room, this repository of youthfulness, as it encapsulates an argumentative microcosm through which political desires and imaginations of India are shared.

The main installations, reconstructing hostel spaces and the politics of socialization they shelter, come to life through combining novel archival sources and oral testimonials. The vitality of these memories of change are complemented with mural creations celebrating campus politics as an arena for collective identity building. Reflecting on the political role of public universities as generational incubators, numerous historical footages immerse the visitor into the roaring turning points of India since the 1970s.

  • The exhibition, curated by Jean-Thomas Martelli is generously sponsored by the Fonds d’Alembert of the Institut Français, as part of the Intermediary Actors of Politics in India (IAPI) research project. Memories of Change will be held at New Delhi’s Open Palm Court, India Habitat Centre (IHC) from 6 to 13 November 2019.You are cordially invited for the opening on 6 November from 6:30 pm onwards.
  • A roundtable discussion will be hosted at the Experimental Arts Gallery, IHC on 11 November from 6:30 pm onwards. Participants include authors, professors and activists such as Snigdha Poonam, Nikhila Henry and Anand Kumar.
  • The exhibition will relocate to the Institute of Economic Growth, University of Delhi from 15 November to 1 December 2019. It will accompany the ICAS:MP-CSH workshop Youth Politics in the Global South on 29 and 30 November.







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