I don’t want to be there when it happens

11 November - 24 December

Starting from the fragile and complex socio-political relationship between India and Pakistan in the era of contemporary warfare, I don’t want to be there when it happens investigates, in a broader sense, the psychology of trauma.

In response to the 70th anniversary of the Partition of Colonial India (14 August 1947), this exhibition features artists from both Pakistan and India whose evocative practices convey the profound existential unease of our age, either directly or indirectly. They unravel the present time, dealing with the legacy of history, as well as foretelling the future.

I don’t want to be there when it happens reaffirms the rejection of violence as well as the need for more effective and profound structures for dialogue through conscious acts of engagement.

The exhibition is organised in partnership with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and expanded on the occasion of its presentation at PICA.

  • Presented by
    Perth Institute of Contemporary Art in Partnership with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney

    Curated by
    Mikala Tai
    Kate Warren
    Eugenio Viola

    Raqs Media Collective
    Reena Saini Kallat
    Raj Kumar
    Sonia Leber & David Chesworth
    Mithu Sen
    Adeela Suleman
    Abdullah M I Syed

  • Location

    PICA Central Galleries

  • Opening Night

    Friday 10 November
    6:30pm – 8:30pm | RSVP

  • Exhibition Continues

    11 November – 24 December, 2017

  • Cost

    FREE event