This Means War is a two channel installation interpreted and shown in various ways depending on its context. The content of the video is footage taken from the 1972 war between India and Pakistan and the civil war that ensued between East and West Pakistan.
The Partition of Bangladesh from Pakistan remains one of the least spoken and yet most violent civil wars in world history with a death toll of three million in only a few months. Protests over the war spread to India – as shown in ‘This Means War‘ – which quickly became involved in the conflict.
Through employing archival footage, we look back into both history and into popular perceptions of that history. Isolating two scenes – rebel soldiers walking and protestors marching – further removes the images from their contexts. In seeing both groups coming closer towards the screen, an otherwise comfortable audience is irked by the possibility of being overwhelmed by the masses.