The Gujral Foundation in association with Outset India was 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.