AU­DI­ENCE ART

India Today - - LEISURE - — Chinki Sinha

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.

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