Despite ‘ban’ on Pakistan artistes, artwork from across the border still on display in capital

Artist Rashid Rana’s video “Ten Differences”, also on display at KNN, addresses the rivalry over the Kashmir Valley which has impacted relations between the two nations.

Written by Vandana Kalra | Amitabh Sinha & Debabrata Mohantynew Delhi | Updated: October 12, 2016 7:15 pm
ban pakistan artistes, pakistan actors banned, fawad khan, mahira khan, atif aslam, rahat fateh ali khan, pak artistes, india pakistan news, uri attack, indian express, indian express news A still from Pakistani artiste Bani Abidi’s video, Mangoes. In the video, she has a split screen with two women, Indian and Pakistani, reminiscing their childhood as they eat mangoes.

Portraying the “ridicule of war from a neutral perspective”, artist Khadim Ali’s works at ‘Latitude 28’ in Delhi appeal for reflection. But when his exhibition opened to art connoisseurs on Thursday evening, the Australian artist was absent. The Pakistani passport holder was unable to travel to India as his visa is yet to be sanctioned.

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“He applied more than a month ago, we hope he still gets it,” says Bhavna Kakar, owner of Latitude 28, who also has a show of Pakistani artist Waseem Ahmed scheduled to open later this year.

While the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) might have passed a resolution Thursday to temporarily ban all Pakistani artists in India, works of several Pakistani artists are currently on display in the capital.

While Gallery Threshold’s group exhibition “Revisiting Beauty” features works of Pakistani artists Aisha Abid Hussain and Wardha Shabbir alongside their Indian counterparts, the Kiran Nadar Museum (KNN) of Art in Noida is hosting an exhibition, “Enactments and each passing day”, where the works of Indian and Pakistani artists have more political overtones.

Working between Berlin and Karachi, and having spent some years in India, Bani Abidi juxtaposes the two sides of the border in her videos on display at KNN, Noida.

In her first video, Mangoes, she has a split screen with two women, Indian and Pakistani, reminiscing their childhood as they eat mangoes. The encounter turns sour when comparisons begin on the range available in the two countries.

Her two-channel video, News, on the other hand, is a mock news programme being broadcast on either side of the Indo-Pak border, presenting separate versions of the same news event. The comparison is extended to the role of music in the creation of patriotic sentiment, in the video ‘Anthem’.

Artist Rashid Rana’s video “Ten Differences”, also on display at KNN, addresses the rivalry over the Kashmir Valley which has impacted relations between the two nations.

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    Pat
    Oct 3, 2016 at 1:33 am
    Sonia rahul salman srk amir must have invite these female bombers.
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      Tony
      Oct 3, 2016 at 6:43 am
      Ban this too
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        lafanga
        Oct 3, 2016 at 10:38 am
        Ban, ban, ban, ban .. take some breath .. ban, ban, ban, ban, ban ..... and ban some more. Welcome to India 2016 LOL. Grow up will you.
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          NArayan
          Oct 3, 2016 at 9:14 am
          what is IE trying to do?? incite/mock people who don't want pak artists here? or simply convey to pak that no matter what you are welcome??
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            NArayan
            Oct 3, 2016 at 9:14 am
            what is IE trying to do?? incite/mock people who don't want pak artists here? or simply convey to pak that no matter what you are welcome??
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              Jesus
              Oct 3, 2016 at 3:52 pm
              Ban everything that comes from PAK including these arts. We can't be sure about these guys financial support to Terrorist organizations. Indians, take whatever action you can to eliminate these arts from your land.
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                Ashok Mazumdar
                Oct 3, 2016 at 1:49 am
                Where's Shiv Sena, MNS and Bhakti Channel TV , Times Now and Hate Brigade.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Prove Patriotism.
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                  nitin
                  Oct 3, 2016 at 2:27 am
                  Only Mumbaities feel pain. And no other cities in India have ever shown any solidarities towards country. It's a reality
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                    Anand Ch
                    Oct 3, 2016 at 5:17 am
                    It is deceptive. They take cover behind art to fulfill their crave for money. Where is the need to invite these substandard artists, cause the tag sells and that every one wants to exploit. Who cares for Nation ? Ethics can not be borrowed. They are inherited.
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                      Avi
                      Oct 3, 2016 at 2:20 am
                      And exactly what is your point?
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                        satish kumar
                        Oct 3, 2016 at 7:24 pm
                        Centre Govt should ban them. No question of discussion. Money from India is used against India. Salman,Shahrukh,Karan Johar and Aamir were supported by Don Dawood. Govt security should refer history and prevent incident of Nadir Shah time which is indicated by a Kashmiri separatist. History repeats it self. Two thousands years before and the present conditions are the same 100% . Once again poverty and non stability has started moving terrorists toward India. In those days India failed to protect its culture and wealth and was looted. Same things has already been started. India was not weak during that period but its mercy and their cunning succeeded. India should be aware learn from the death of 4 crore Hindus in stan from 1948-1998. This is alert nature is warning you in the coming days there will be nothing else than repent
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                          k
                          Oct 3, 2016 at 2:06 am
                          these organizers shud be taken into task. some harsh and immediate action need to be taken - srinivasan
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                            ved
                            Oct 3, 2016 at 4:31 am
                            mdr chd maa chdo
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