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Ilford Exchange exhibition sparks India-Pakistan partition debate

PUBLISHED: 12:11 16 June 2014 | UPDATED: 12:11 16 June 2014

A touring exhibition of photographs from Lahore and Chandigarh (bordering cities in Pakistan and India) by artist William Titley and Redbridge College students.

A touring exhibition of photographs from Lahore and Chandigarh (bordering cities in Pakistan and India) by artist William Titley and Redbridge College students.

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A photo exhibition has sparked debate around the complex relationships and cultural heritage of India and Pakistan.

A touring exhibition of photographs from Lahore and Chandigarh (bordering cities in Pakistan and India) by artist William Titley and Redbridge College students.

William Titley with his work. A touring exhibition of photographs from Lahore and Chandigarh (bordering cities in Pakistan and India) by artist William Titley and Redbridge College students. William Titley with his work.

The Lahore – Chandigarh: A Tale of Two Cities exhibition by artist William Titley has got people talking about the British Raj and the impact felt in India and Pakistan.

The five-week exhibition at the Exchange Ilford shopping centre looks at the cultural similarities of cities Chandigarh in India and Lahore in Pakistan and the legacy left by partition - the separation of India and Pakistan after British rule.

The collection of black and white photos is being curated by Redbridge College students, who are displaying their own work too.

League of British Muslims chairman Bashir Chaudhry, whose roots are in the Punjab province of Pakistan, said: “It [partition] hasn’t done any good to the people of South Asia.” He added: “People were living peacefully with each other - since the partition, it’s been problematic.”

A touring exhibition of photographs from Lahore and Chandigarh (bordering cities in Pakistan and India) by artist William Titley and Redbridge College students.

The Redbridge College students with some of their work. A touring exhibition of photographs from Lahore and Chandigarh (bordering cities in Pakistan and India) by artist William Titley and Redbridge College students. The Redbridge College students with some of their work.

Talks and workshops are accompanying the gallery during its stay, with an acting workshop from director Guleraana Mir due to take place on Saturday.

Titley, the man behind the camera, said: “The idea of communities being separated by a political border seems ludicrous and I wanted the work to encourage people to imagine the two cities as one place.”

The display comes to a close on July 19.

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