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A Passage Through Passages

Travel through Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and India in A Passage Through Passages.

A view out of the top deck of a bus in A Passage Through Passages

A Passage Through Passages, On roads in South East Asia, is on show now at The Brunei Gallery.

The exhibition takes viewers on new and recently rebuilt roads across Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and India.

It travels through the early 20th century to the central-Indian Nagpur Road Plan of 1943 before heading to the hope, promise, acceleration and hubris of later decades.

Images take now-impossible journeys across nation-states, on roads after and before conflicts.

A sense of developmental possibility, failure and the deep ambiguity of road achievements permeates this work.

Stopping at a toll booth. A Passage Through Passages


Ethnographic and archival work in five field sites inspires A Passage Through Passages.

A multi-screen film work by CAMP, an internationally-renowned artist group based in Mumbai, is a central feature of the exhibition.

Since its foundation in 2007, CAMP has been producing provocative new work in video, film, electronic media and public art forms.

Its sustained projects have entered modern social and technical assemblies: energy, communication and surveillance systems, neighbourhoods, ships, archives – things much larger than itself.

A road winds through the countryside in A Passage Through Passages

A Passage Through Passages

A Passage Through PassagesThe Brunei Gallery, until March 21.

It is accompanied by a programme of talks, discussions and other events.

Presented by the SOAS South Asia Institute

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Spectrum Photographic scanned, printed and mounted the exhibition.

The exhibition is part of Roads and the Politics of Thought.

The Roads Project is a European Research Council (No. 616393) funded, five-year ethnographic study of road-building in South Asia led by Edward Simpson (SOAS) supporting an inter-disciplinary team of researchers, curators and administrators from five countries.

All images: A Passage Through Passages