Lines of Control

Lines of Control

Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning (AAP)

Amar Kanwar, still from Trilogy: A Season Outside, 1997. Single-channel video (color, sound).
Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York/Paris. Image © Amar Kanwar.
February 21, 2012
Lines of Control

Symposium:Saturday, March 3, 4:00–6:00 pm, and Sunday, March 4, 9:00 am–5:00 pm 

Ithaca, NY 14853
Tuesdays–Sundays, 10 am–5 pm
Free admission 

607 255-6464

The Lines of Control symposium is organized with the exhibition Lines of Control: Partition as a Productive Space at Cornell University’s Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art. The project was initiated by Green Cardamom, a London-based nonprofit arts organization, in 2005, and is an exhibition-led inquiry into the formative and ongoing dilemmas of the nation-state in the modern and contemporary era. It investigates the notion of partition- and border-making practices, where nations are formed through forging new identities, producing new histories, reconfiguring memories, and the patrolling of physical and psychological borders.


Lines of Control: Partition as a Productive Space is on view at the Johnson Museum of Art through April 1, 2012. Co-organized by Green Cardamom and the Johnson Museum, the exhibition is curated by Hammad Nasar, Iftikhar Dadi, and Ellen Avril, with assistance from Nada Raza.


Artists represented in the Lines of Control exhibition are Bani Abidi, Francis Alÿs, Sarnath Banerjee, Farida Batool, Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Muhanned Cader, Duncan Campbell, Iftikhar Dadi, DAAR, Anita Dube, Taghreed Elsanhouri, Sophie Ernst, Gauri Gill, Shilpa Gupta, Zarina Hashmi, Emily Jacir, Ahsan Jamal, Nadia Kaabi-Linke, Amar Kanwar, Noa Lidor, Mario Mabor, Nalini Malani, Naeem Mohaiemen, Tom Molloy, Rashid Rana, Raqs Media Collective, Jolene Rickard, Hrair Sarkissian, Seher Shah, Surekha, Hajra Waheed, Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, and Muhammad Zeeshan.


SYMPOSIUM REGISTRATION IS FREE BUT SEATING IS LIMITED. TO RESERVE A SPACE OR FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Elizabeth Saggese, Johnson Museum of Art, 607 254-4642, or by e-mail: [email protected]Registration deadline is Friday, February 24.


Transportation assistance from New York City to Ithaca on Saturday morning, March 3, is available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Saturday, March 3, 2012
Curators Hammad Nasar, Iftikhar Dadi, and Ellen Avril, introduction
Jolene Rickard, Cornell University, Indigenous Borders Visualized in the Americas
Artist Amar Kanwar in conversation with curator Hammad Nasar 


Sunday, March 4, 2012
10:00am–12:00 noon
Salah Hassan, Cornell University, Sudan: Partition or Secession?
Sumathi Ramaswamy, Duke University, Midnight’s Line
Seher Shah, artist presentation 


1:30–3:30 pm
Aamir Mufti, UCLA, No Place like Home
Sandhini Poddar, Guggenheim Museum, Desiring-Machines
Naeem Mohaiemen, artist presentation 


3:45–5:00 pm
Saloni Mathur, UCLA, Partition and the Historiography of Art
Shuddhabrata Sengupta, Raqs Media Collective, artist presentation 


Major funding for the exhibition, catalogue, and accompanying programs is provided by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, the Jarett F. and Younghee Kim-Wait Fund for Contemporary Islamic and Middle Eastern Arts, the Jarett F. and Younghee Kim-Wait Fund for Korean Arts, Gandhara-Art, Mondriaan Fund, and Ali and Amna Naqvi. Additional support for the symposium, catalogue, and film program was provided by Cornell University’s Institute for Comparative Modernities; the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning; the Minority, Indigenous, and Third World Studies Research Group; the Department of Art; the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies; the Department of the History of Art; Cornell Cinema; and the South Asia Program.


Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art
The Johnson Museum has a permanent collection of over 35,000 works of art from Africa, Asia, Europe, and North and South America. The museum building was designed by I. M. Pei and opened in 1973, funded by Cornell alumnus Herbert F. Johnson, late president and chairman of S C Johnson.


Press contact: Andrea Potochniak, [email protected] 


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