Inspired by watching migrant labourers from India build mushrooming Dubai, artist duo Jiten Thukral and Sumir Tagra developed Memoir Bar, an interactive project at the India Art Fair’s 2017 edition. The installation turns the audience into collaborators. Viewers write memories on a piece of paper, marking two out of six colours based on emotion. The paper is then shredded and made into a tile with the person’s name on it and put on a wall. “It is like a memory bank. Memory becomes an object. It is like solidifying memory,” they say. Memoir Bar is one of several collaborative works on display at the art fair in Delhi from February 25. More galleries and artists were included from the South Asian region, thanks to new investment from the Swissbased MCH Group, owner of the Art Basel franchise, says founding director Neha Kirpal. In Tale of Two Cities, another collaborative ARTIST DUO JITEN THUKRAL AND SUMIR TAGRA WILL SHOWCASE THEIR INTERACTIVE PROJECT, MEMOIR BAR project, gallerist Renu Modi of Gallery eSpace brought together 11 artists to create disparate works based on the cities of Varanasi and Anuradhapura— sites of sacred pilgrimages in India and Sri Lanka. “In a way, the two cities became the point of departure for us to discuss larger sociopolitical and cultural landscapes,” says Anoli Perara, who contributed to the project.