Maryam Jafri: Independence Day 1934–1975 - Art Collector

Maryam Jafri, (2009-present), Sri Lanka – Ghana - Botswana 1948-1966, from the photo series Independence Day 1934-1975. Courtesy: IMA, Fortitude Valley

Maryam Jafri’s project Independence Day 1934–1975 (2009–ongoing) documents the first independence day ceremonies in former European colonies across Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, between 1934 and 1975. Sourced by the artist from twenty-nine archives the photographs are arranged into a grid according to the characteristics of the ceremony, creating a sense of a repetitious ritual. Taken as a whole Independence Day 1934–1975 reveals a political model exported from Europe and in the process of being cloned throughout the world. This is the first solo exhibition by Maryam Jafri in Australia.

Exhibition opens: 30 July 2016
Exhibition closes: 8 October 2016
Location: Institute of Modern Art, 420 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, Qld, 4006
Contact: 07 3252 5750

About Institute of Modern Art
The Institute of Modern Art (IMA) has been the leading independent forum in Queensland, Australia, for the production, presentation, and circulation of contemporary art and discourse for forty years. Our innovative and diverse programs embed the international in the local and engage the local internationally.

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