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Five Rivers: A Portrait of Partition

Part of Alchemy

Delve into a man’s search for meaning, identity and common ground within the ever-changing landscape of India and Pakistan, post-British occupancy.

In 1947, after 300 years of British occupancy, the British India Empire was divided into India and Pakistan. This division of land is known as the Partition of India.

In Five Rivers: A Portrait of Partition, a video and sound installation is projected into a traditional Indian wedding tent. Amongst the stories told, there is the particular one of Amrik Singh, Sheba Remy’s father, a Punjabi/Afghani Sikh who left his childhood home aged nine to undertake a turbulent journey across the Indian subcontinent as the new borders were created to form Pakistan and India.

The film footage includes interviews, landscapes and historical documentation, and is accompanied by a soundtrack of contemporary Punjabi and Urdu poetry, testimony and speeches, to create a potent sense of the memory.

Artists: Sheba Remy Kharbanda and William Charles Moss

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Royal Festival Hall
Green Display Space 4 - Level 2