24 Jor Bagh, New Delhi
Remen Chopra W. Van Der Vaart
Memory’s Cut: Its Deep Embrace
The Gujral Foundation in association with Outset India were pleased to present multi-disciplinary artist Remen Chopra W. Van Der Vaart’s solo exhibition ‘Memory’s Cut:Its Deep Embrace’ at 24 Jor Bagh, New Delhi. The exhibition was a highlight of the VIP programme of the India Art Fair 2020 and featured new works by the artist.
In this exhibition, the artist transformed 24 Jor Bagh into a series of personal spaces that encapsulated her memories of home. She used varied media such as photography, drawing, sculpture, textiles and sound, to reflect upon personal and familial histories of migration. Her work is a unique assemblage of intimate moments, poetry and personal objects that were passed on from one generation to the other. Remen is inspired by architecture and constructs complex monochromatic, performance-based montages that are significantly drawn from the aesthetics of theatre. She meticulously layers photographs and drawings on translucent sheets of gateway or mulmul, that capture a fleeting moment in time. The figures are staged and sometimes in transition, evoking a sense of mystery as well as nostalgia.
Remen’s work bridges the past, present and future, where time is seen as a continuous loop of events. The exhibition was a poignant chronicle of her life that intertwined personal archives, notions of home and memory.
Born in 1980 in New Delhi, Remen Chopra W. Van Der Vaart received her BFA and MFA in painting from the College of Art, New Delhi. She studied art history and Italian at the Universita’ per Stranieri, Siena and continued her visual art studies at the School of Visual Arts, New York. Her works have been exhibited at museums and institutions such as the Essl Museum, Vienna, Casa Masaccio, Italy, Westerhuis Amsterdam amongst others. In 2017, her sculptural installation titled ‘I see a mountain from my window’ was featured at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale curated by Sudarshan Shetty. The artist currently lives and works in Mumbai.
Curatorial Advisor: Reha Sodhi
The exhibition was on view from 31st January to 24th February 2020 from 11:00am-7:00pm (closed on Mondays and national holidays)