Maya Grace Misra
Azaadi Zindabad // Long Live Freedom
May 10 – June 14, 2014Broadway Windows
Azaadi Zindabad // Long Live Freedom is a site-specific installation by artist Maya Grace Misra from NYU Steinhardt's BFA in Studio Art program.
Presenting her newest work, Misra delves into sculpture in order to reflect on the 1947 partition of India and Pakistan, as the land was split in the process of independence in order to make the voices of Muslims and Hindus better heard in their “own” nations. Approximately ten million people were displaced from their homes and forced to move across the border into unknown territory. As a result of their frustration and confusion over the mass migration, an estimated one million people were killed. In this work, Misra questions the importance of the Nation over the people it governs, and the way in which issues are metaphorically brushed under the rug in the name of said Nation.