SAMANTA  BATRA  MEHTA
Anthem
2013
Vintage postcards from India, circa 1945-1950, collaged images from antiquarian books, collaged text, 23k gold leaf
Each postcard is 3.5 x 5.5 inches; 50 postcards; installation dimensions variable
I found these vintage postcards dating back to 1945-1950, during the time of India’s partition and British independence. On these I collaged imagery from antiquarian medical journals, specifically images of the human nervous system. One some of the postcards I have collaged the first paragraph of Nehru’s ‘Tryst with Destiny speech’. Cast against the backdrop of political history and the history of the nation are millions of untold stories of the crossing- the work retells these untold stories. I wondered who these people where, what their situation and story was...