Maya Grace Misra, a conceptual artist and BFA student, creates work that explores issues of immigration and displacement and the way that people create identities based on a sense of belonging to a specific place.
Her newest work, Azaadi Zindabad//Long Live Freedom (on display at 80WSE Gallery’s Broadway Windows at the corner of Broadway and East 10th Street), are sculptures that reflect on the 1947 partition of India and Pakistan.
“Approximately ten million people were displaced from their homes and forced to move across the border into unknown territory,” Misra says. “As a result of their frustration and confusion over the mass migration, an estimated one million people were killed.”
In her work, the artist questions the importance of the nation over the people it governs. She notes that “the land was split in the process of independence in order to make the voices of Muslims and Hindus better heard in their own nations.”