The Gujral Foundation is delighted to present a new body of work by multi-disciplinary artist Remen Chopra W. Van Der Vaart titled ‘Memory’s Cut: Its Deep Embrace’, curated by Feroze Gujral, at the Musée Guimet, Paris in October 2020.
Remen’s work is a unique assemblage of intimate moments, poetry, and personal objects that were passed on matrilineally, from one generation to the other. She explores the cartography of memory and how non-linear narratives are fabricated out of scattered fragments. The artist recalls family stories of Tehran, Rawalpindi, and Shimla, as narrated to her by her grandmother. Van Der Vaart maps the history of these spaces using multi-layered artworks that interweave real and endorsed time.
In this exhibition, the artist will create site-specific works using varied media such as photography, drawing, sculpture, textiles, and sound, to reflect upon personal and familial histories of migration.
Van Der Vaart will transform the ‘Rotonda’ at Musée Guimet into a personal space that encapsulates collective memories of home through many generations. Home serves as the leitmotiv in one’s history, identity, and sense of belonging. The structure that houses us becomes a reflection of our personal, ideological, and cultural pasts. Objects make a home and our memories are contained in those objects.
The artist is inspired by architecture and constructs complex monochromatic, performance-based montages that draw significantly from the aesthetics of theatre. She meticulously layers photographs and drawings with glass or mulmul, which capture a fleeting moment in time. The figures are staged, sometimes in transition, evoking a sense of mystery as well as nostalgia.
Visitors can also look forward to a public program that has been planned at Musée Guimet, which will commence with a walkthrough by the artist. The walkthrough will be followed by a dance performance by an Indian classical dancer. The planned program will also include a speech by Géraldine Lenain. The evening will come to a close with a Q&A session with Feroze Gujral (Director & Founder, The Gujral Foundation) and the artist Remen Chopra W. Van Der Vaart, moderated by Eve Lemesle (Founder and Director, What About Art).