On view from February 20, 2022, through July 2, 2022, at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, an exhibition titled The Project of Independence: Architectures of Decolonization in South Asia, 1947–1985, explores a formative period in South Asia’s path to self-determination through the lens of modern architecture. Focusing on India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka in the first decades after independence from colonial rule in 1947/48, in which modern architecture was a significant agent of progressive societal transformation, the exhibition features over 200 works by the region’s architects, including original sketches, drawings, photographs, films, audiovisual components, and architectural models. The works are organized around thematic sections that exemplify the transnational, shared conditions of decolonisation, such as Institution Building, Education, Political Spaces and Industry and Infrastructure. Among architects featured are Balkrishna V Doshi, Yasmeen Lari, Minnette de Silva, Charles Corea, Muzharul Islam, Valentine Gunasekera and Geoffrey Bawa. The exhibition will be accompanied by a scholarly catalogue—one of the few publications to offer a transnational discussion of modern architecture in South Asia—including essays by a group of leading scholars in the field. The Project of Independence is organised by Martino Stierli, The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, Anoma Pieris, guest curator and Professor, The University of Melbourne, and Sean Anderson, former Associate Curator, with Evangelos Kotsioris, Assistant Curator, Department of Architecture and Design.
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