Siachen Glacier

Since 1984, India and Pakistan have been zealously guarding their territories on the Siachen Glacier. This endless conflict, over the ownership of the glacier, has been fought at an altitude of 17,000 feet which makes it the coldest battlefield on Earth, with temperatures reaching around -60 °Celsius. In 2007, I began researching the conflict on the Glacier and developed a large body of work in various media. These works reveal the paradox of heroism when confronted by brutal cold and the perils of an uncertain terrain. More lives have been lost due to the weather and environment than to the actual fighting.

 

These artworks have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in India and abroad. In 2009, I presented a solo exhibition, “You can’t afford to have emotions out there…” at the Visual Arts Gallery in Delhi and Project 88 in Mumbai, India. The exhibition focused on the life of the soldier not as a machine of war but as a man with vulnerabilities who serves up to three months on the glacier. In 2015, I presented another solo exhibition, thread by thread at the Goethe-Zentrum in Hyderabad and the Ladakh Arts and Media Organization - LAMO in Leh, India. This exhibition drew its inspiration from the various fabrics used by the Siachen soldiers. Continuing in 2016, I developed the project to include archives about the glacier before it became a conflict zone in 1984. From this research, I developed a large installation for a group exhibition, Traces of War at Somerset House, London. This project continues to grow as developing research unfolds. 
 
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