Gurgaon hosts Body: An archive of Memory

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There is no denying that learning a foreign language enhances our ability to understand different cultures. This heightened awareness of another culture also gives us an enriched perspective about our own heritage. The network of Alliance Françaises in India and Nepal is committed to creating spaces which encourage this kind of dialogue. It is within this framework that the Gurgaon Centre of Alliance Française de Delhi organised an exhibition of ceramics and photography titled “Body – An Archive of Memory” that opened on November 25 at their gallery.

The exhibition was opened with a beautiful performance called “We Women: Trigger Warning” by Aastha Gandhi and Ankush. Accompanied by their team from JNU, the two artists questioned the concept of the body by introducing digital landscapes and virtual images which converse, struggle and negotiate with each other thereby creating a complex experience. The opening night attracted a large number of people from different walks of life including artists, students and professionals making it a heady cultural experience.

Aastha Gandhi on the stage “We Women: Trigger Warning”

Aastha Gandhi on the stage “We Women: Trigger Warning”

Several artists exhibited their œuvres at the exhibition to explore the interconnections between Body, Memory, and Archive. The ceramist Dipalee Daroz presented “Body – An Archive of Memory” wherein memory no longer remains a memory but becomes the embodiment of a new form, a new dialogue. The French ceramist Elodie Alexandre exhibited “Between a Time and a Place” which tries to map a territory that is mysterious yet familiar, personal yet universal. Reyaz Badaruddin’s  “Three Vases”  investigated the relationship between form and surface through repetition. Ela Mukherjee’s  series Treasure I – IV explored the interaction between the space inside with the surrounding space. Finally, Mudita Bhandari participated with  “Just” and “Meanderings” which tell the story of abstract forms of memories that may not be documented literally but can be felt in their essence.

L to R: Rajesh Kumar Singh (Photographer), Vasanthi Gupta (Gurgaon Centre Head) and Celebrity Chef Vikas Khanna

L to R: Rajesh Kumar Singh (Photographer), Vasanthi Gupta (Gurgaon Centre Head) and Celebrity Chef Vikas Khanna

Two young photographers – Rajesh Kumar Singh and Anushree Fadnavis – exhibited a few images from their photographic series. Rajesh’s lyrical photographs tell the story of the importance of colours of Holi in the lives of the visually impaired and the transgender. Anushree presented a series of photographs of women taken in the Ladies’ coach of Mumbai locals. The aim of this series was to recount stories from her memories of “a box full of a river of ladies, neither inside nor outside, neither public nor private, framed by a door”. Both sets of photos told stories with a strong social and emotional connection.

Glimpses of the exhibition

Glimpses of the exhibition

“Body – An Archive of Memory” was open for public viewing till December 24 and garnered both a high footfall and critical acclaim.

Gurgaon Centre

Alliance Française de Delhi

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Directeur de publication : Délégation Générale de la Fondation Alliance Française en Inde et au Népal

Rédacteur en chef : Laurent Elisio Bordier

Rédacteur/Coordinateur national : Siddharth Bhatt

Rédacteurs, contributeurs : Guillaume, Abhirami, Alexandre, Chintan, Cléa, David, Eleonore, Elie, Kanika, Karine, Nita, Thomas, Malvika, Marie-Joëlle, Meera, Mayuri, Mitushi, Alice, Prutha, Romain, Ritika, Manas, Supriya ...