March 18 - May 20, 2023
From the Dougherty Arts Center:
“At the Julia C. Butridge Gallery within the Dougherty Arts Center.
Meena Matai’s exhibition, “The Other Side,” is a powerful exploration of the personal stories and emotions of her family and millions of others who were affected by the India-Pakistan partition of 1947. Through her paintings, she brings to life the experiences of the refugees who found themselves on the wrong side of the divide and the lasting impact this event has had on the lives of over ten million Indians and Pakistanis. As we mark 75 years since the partition, this exhibition serves as a poignant reminder of memories that are at risk of being forgotten and an important call to foster positive connections and build a supportive community.
Artist Reception: Wednesday, March 22, 7-9pm
Artist Talk and Guest Lecture: Friday, April 7, 6-8pm
Attend a guest lecture featuring Dr. Guneeta Singh Bhalla, the founder of The 1947 Partition Archive, and Artist Meena Matai. The lecture will shine light on the peoples’ plight during the India-Pakistan partition and launch the Partition Archive’s first book featuring personal stories and perspectives that explore the ways in which the history of the subcontinent continues to shape our lives today, both locally and globally.
The 1947 Partition Archive is a non-profit organization committed to preserving and
institutionalizing the people’s history of the Partition. The Archive collects and preserves oral
histories, providing a comprehensive understanding of not only the Partition but also the
pre-Partition culture and post-Partition migrations and transformations. Since its founding in
2008, the Archive has amassed over 10,000 memories from 500+ cities across 15 countries. In
2023, the Archive will be publishing its first book featuring 400 curated stories, which will be
brought to Austin for the public to purchase.
For more information visit: https://www.meenamatai.com/pages/the-other-side
To RSVP visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-other-side-artist-talk-and-guest-lecture-tickets-574737745067″
Reception: March 22, 2023 | 7–9 pm
1110 Barton Springs Road
Austin, 78704 TX