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Anisuzzaman Sohel, Leap Across Time 1, 2013, pen and acrylic on paper, 30 x 20". From “Barbed Floss.”

“Barbed Floss”

The Guild Art Gallery

Anisuzzaman Sohel, Leap Across Time 1, 2013, pen and acrylic on paper, 30 x 20". From “Barbed Floss.”

Say “Indian Partition” and most people first think of the Punjab. But there was once an East Pakistan, which, after a protracted struggle for independence, in 1971 became Bangladesh. This double layer of bloody territorial division was the subject of “Barbed Floss” at The Guild in Mumbai. The show aimed to “explore issues of space, borders, territory, medium, politics, and disputed solutions” through the work of five artists living in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. The title, according to Mumbai-based curator Veeranganakumari Solanki, juxtaposes the military fencing that lines the Indo-Bangladesh border with dental floss, which “removes, cleanses, and frees blockages.” Borders can both divide and liberate, Solanki implies, an idea confirmed by the hard-won independence of Bangladesh. Yet there was little sign of the latter, positive outcome expressed in the show.

Instead,

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