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