Now That We Are Free

For the inaugural AIS OPEN 2020 we are exploring themes associated with freedom which, will no doubt, be on many people’s minds.


The AIS festival has always been guided by interlinking the connected histories of Britain and South Asia with contemporary concerns.  Freedom has been a key theme of the festival for the past few years as we anticipated and then celebrated 70 years of Indian and Pakistani independence back in 2017.  AIS 2020 was originally inspired by a ponderance over the gap between independence day and republic day of South Asian countries. India and Pakistan were free in 1947 but needed to work for a further three and six years respectively before they could finally define themselves free in their own words and on their own terms. For many people in South Asia, Republic day (marked on 26th January in India and 23rd March in Pakistan) represents the first steps towards self determination through the ratification of a constitution after years of work.
 

Selected Artists

 

Now That We Are Free

Rather than the obvious focus of the messy act of attaining freedom, our intention has been to explore broader questions around freedom once it is attained. This inquiry attempts to scrutinise how thoughts, actions and priorities mutate once we are faced with the reality of freedom. How does one express a freedom that is craved for so long? All of the artists in this exhibition have interpreted this wide eyed, hyper-conscious in their own way.  We received submissions of artworks from all over the world and we are pleased to say that the selected artists provide a truly global array of interpretations of our theme.
The Covid-19 crisis has forced us into a form of house arrest that has had far-reaching consequences on our personal, social and cultural freedoms. As we slowly wake from a mighty and involuntary slumber, does our freedom mean something different? We hope this exhibition will help guide our first furtive steps back towards a freedom we once enjoyed. 

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Judging Panel

Ashok Mistry
Louise Fedotov-Clements
Sajan Mani
Jana Manuelpillai
Kajal Nisha Patel
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