Conceptualized by Aditi Mayer, Cracked Borders is a visual project about the Partition of India & Pakistan and Punjabi identity. Leading up to the project, Sumeera (photographed) and Aditi Mayer had conversations at length about their own identities as two Punjabi women from India and Pakistan respectively, across Muslim, Hindu, and Sikh lines.
With Punjab as the faultline of Partition, we share a collective memory. A collective culture— despite the nuances of religion and lived experience. A project that began as a reflection of shared identity, borders, collective trauma, and violence now seeks to ask:
How do we define community? Who do we see as our own?
How do we justify violence as we create the image of the ‘other’?
concept and creative direction by aditi mayer
modeled by aditi mayer and sumeera
photography by simrah farrukh