'Manisha Gera Baswani: Postcards from Home' Exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum

'Postcards from Home' opens in Gallery 29 at the Ashmolean from 14 May 2022 until 12 Mar 2023. Marking the 75th anniversary of India’s partition, the exhibition features postcards of 47 artists from India and Pakistan, all with a shared history of the partition of India in 1947, photographed by New Delhi-based artist Manisha Gera Baswani.

The installation invites the audience to visual and textual frames of nostalgia, to revive a shared connection of a common history, with the South Asian diaspora that arrived in Britain before, during, and after 1947.

Baswani is a multidisciplinary artist who weaves expressions of painting, photography, sculpture, and writing in her work, and each postcard also carries a poignant memory from the artist photographed, reminiscing the ‘home’ lost, on the reverse.

Born in India in 1967 to parents of pre-partition India, her childhood was embellished with stories of her parents reminiscing, with nostalgia and pain, their ‘home’ in present day Pakistan. This exhibition is her homage to her parents’ memories of ‘home’.