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The Museum of Modern Art, 02/20/22–07/02/22

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The Project of Independence: Architectures of Decolonization in South Asia, 1947–1985

Edited by Martino Stierli, Anoma Pieris, Sean Anderson. Text by Sean Anderson, Kazi Khaleed Ashraf, Nonica Datta, Prajna Desai, Da Hyung Jeong, Farhan Karim, Evangelos Kotsioris, Saloni Mathur, Rahul Mehrotra, Anoma Pieris, Mrnalini Rajagopalan, Peter Scriver, Devika Singh, Amit Srivastava, Martino Stierli. Photography by Randhir Singh.

The Project of Independence: Architectures of Decolonization in South Asia, 1947–1985

How South Asian architects broke with the colonial past and found ingenious ways to negotiate modernism’s universalist claims with the material and labor conditions on the ground

South Asia holds a unique place among the many regions of the world where modern architecture was understood as both a tool for social progress and a global lingua franca in the second half of the 20th century. Following the end of British rule in 1947–48, architects in the newly formed nations of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh (East Pakistan until 1971) and Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) proposed a novel understanding of modernity, disrupting the colonial hierarchy of center and periphery by challenging modernism’s universalist claims.
Architecture offered multiple ways to break with the colonial past. Through the establishment of institutions that embodied the societal aspirations of the period, and the creation of new cities and spaces for political representation, South Asian architects produced a distinct body of work in dialogue with global developments while advancing the theory and practice of low-cost, climatically and socially responsive design.
Anchored by a newly commissioned portfolio of images from architectural photographer Randhir Singh, this richly illustrated and meticulously researched catalog features essays by the curators and leading scholars in the field on subjects such as the politics of concrete, institution-building, higher education, housing, infrastructure and industry, landscape and design, as well as presentations of 17 transformative projects from around the subcontinent. While several of the architects appearing in these pages have in recent years received monographic exhibitions, The Project of Independence marks the first attempt to consider their work within the ideological frameworks of its creation and the political context of the region as a whole.


Featured image is reproduced from 'The Project of Independence: Architectures of Decolonization in South Asia, 1947–1985'.

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

New York Times: Arts

Michael Kimmelman

It’s a sweeping, occasionally heartbreaking exhibition full of big ideas and beautiful work, too much of it not widely known.

Wallpaper*

Pei-Ru Keh

Filled with unsung triumphs and overlooked discoveries, the show is set to cast the architectural legacy of these South Asian countries in a renewed light.

Guardian

Matt Shaw

A new look at the modernist structures that defined Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka after independence.... A major contribution.

Forbes: Media

Jonathon Keats

A standard reference not only for architectural historians but also for future urban planners in societies undergoing transformation.

Art Newspaper

Cleo Roberts-Komireddi

Impresses the role architecture played in articulating and actualising what it meant to be politically sovereign after centuries of foreign imperial rule.

Architectural Digest

Cristina Kiran Piotti

Explores how modern architecture in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have given shape and manifestation to proclaiming autonomy, articulating national identities, and enacting social progress.

The Architect's Newspapaer

Ateya Khorakiwala

Steeped in longing for a return to a more hopeful time when architects made nation-states. The drawings, models, and photographs on display reflect a willingness on the part of mid-century architects to collaborate with nation builders, no matter the cost.

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Suleman Anaya

A rigorous revisionist deep-dive into a moment in history where Modernity promised more than it could ultimately deliver.

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