“Things Lost/Remembering the Future” is a pan-South Asian exhibition at GANGES ART gallery in Kolkata that explores the ideas of loss, being and regeneration through the lens of personal and public memory. The exhibition is the first of a series that hopes to open up new channels of communication, and understanding, of the region’s unique political/historical reality and its cultural sub-texts. The opening will take place Saturday 25th March at 6pm.

Co-Curated by Kurchi Dasgupta

Curated by artists Kurchi Dasgupta and Amritah Sen, Things Lost/Remembering the Future focuses essentially on the small, the forgotten, the mis-represented as opposed to the official and the monumental. It looks upon the present from both the past and the future and investigates the processes through which historical narratives habitually emerge. We hope it will allow an alternative perception of history to spill through, one that links the South Asian experience to the larger, Global South.

One platform for 14 artists from 8 countries

This is possibly the first exhibition in Kolkata that brings together 14 artists from 8 South Asian countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka) on one platform. The works were selected with an eye on the unexpected in terms of media and content.

Some of the artists are globally established names, some are comparatively new, and a few are fresh graduates. The one aim was to magnify those rare, incisive voices that are consciously commenting on, critiquing and resisting the xenophobic and gender-biased, mainstream idea of the region’s history. The other was to give space to the forgotten and the personal, hoping this would evolve into an inclusive identity map that differs from the currently available version.

A specific, long term aim is to present rigorously curated shows on the theme in each of the involved countries, facilitating a dedicated exchange between cities and cultures, artists and institutions, ideas and viewers, the loaded present and an anthropocenic future. Bhutan will be taking part in the next edition.

Artists:
  • David Alesworth (Pakistan) (alesworth@gmail.com)
  • Kurchi Dasgupta (India) (+ 91 9654871180, kurchi.dasgupta@gmail.com)
  • Tayeba Begum Lipi (Bangladesh) (tayeba.lipi@gmail.com)
  • Huma Mulji (Pakistan) (hmulji@yahoo.com)
  • Aye Ko (Myanmar) (ayekoart@gmail.com)
  • Rahraw Omarzad (Afghanistan) (r.omarzad@gmail.com)
  • Pala Pothupitiye (Sri Lanka) (Pala72@gmail.com)
  • Ashmina Ranjit (Nepal) (ashmina@gmail.com)
  • Amritah Sen (India) (amritahs@gmail.com, +91 9830112217))
  • Sunil Sigdel (Nepal) (sunsee1979@gmail.com)
  • Thisath Thoradeniya (Sri Lanka)(thisath77@gmail.com)
  • Thyitar (Myanmar) (thyitarart@gmail.com)
  • Mustafa Zaman (Bangladesh) (mustafa.zaman21@gmail.com)
  • Maimoona Hussain (Maldives) (maena1982@gmail.com)

 

About Ganges Art Gallery

Since opening in September 2007, Ganges Art Gallery has organized and curated shows and retrospectives for an array of modern and contemporary artists from India and elsewhere in the subcontinent. These exhibitions have showcased the works of not just established but also upcoming artists working in painting, sculpture, video, photography and new media and whose practices are significant within cotemporary art and culture. One of our aims is to expose emerging talent through exhibitions at the gallery and participation in select international art fairs.

Located in a large, refurbished colonial structure in what is fast becoming Kolkata’s gallery hub, Ganges Art Gallery and its shows have received favourable reviews in newspapers and periodicals. We are looking to expand our presence overseas by engaging in strategic partnerships with museums and galleries of note in Asia, Europe and the United States.

Owned and managed by Smita Bajoria, Ganges is, in the future, looking to go beyond the boundaries of a traditional art gallery by hosting talks, art appreciation courses, film screenings and book readings. Our endeavour is to be a centre of creative and artistic excellence in a city synonymous with cultural activity.

33A, Jatin Das Road, Kolkata 700029, India | Tel: + 91 33 2465 3212 | gangesart@bajoria.in | Timings: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Sunday closed) | 2013 © Ganges Art Gallery.

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