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Anti memoirs : locus, language, landscape

Memoirs are relevant, not just in literature but in art, in photography. This exhibition is a journey
through the memoirs of contemporary Inida. It is looking at the past from the present. Each bit of it
is a memoir but also stands against everything that a memoir stands against. It’s a beautiful
contradiction in itself.
A 12 image which is a part of exhibition might give a greater insight to it. The first picture shows a
way in a forest, it has leaves on the lane, suggesting autumn. The photograph has a caption, it is in
one word and reads “This.” Next is an image of a stream and is given the caption “is.” And then is the
third image, a forked road and the caption reads “Not.” And then comes the fifth image that is an
electric box at the middle of forest and it reads “You.” And the depiction continues. Thus the whole
exhibitions begins at the present, goes to the past and again come back to the present, becoming an
anti-memoir.
The three thematic emphasis are locus, language and landscape. He is questioning memory as past
is also continuously evolving, so, what purpose does memoir serve? Veer Munshi’s work on Kashmir
was one of the most appreciated installations of “Anti Memoirs”
“They say we have a single past, a past painted in one colour. They tells us that we have a single
future, a future painted in one colour. But the present continues to trouble them for it doesn’t
approve to be painted in one colour”, explains Ranjith Hoskote about the exhibit.

About the Curator :
Ranjith Hoskote is a poet, independent curator cultural theorist and art critic. He had published 5
collections of poetry. He also had a major role in shaping the art discourses in the country. He is the
recipient of 2004 Sahitya Akademi Golden Jubilee Award.

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