Gujral Foundation, Its Deep Embrace, Memory's cut, Remen Chopra W Van Der Vaart, Remen Chopra, Reha Sodhi, Jor Bagh, Persian carpet, Rawalpindi, Shimla, Sculptural works, Multi-layered artworks, Contrasts

The Gujral Foundation in association with Outset India presents 'Memory's cut; Its Deep Embrace'

The solo exhibition by Remen Chopra W Van Der Vaart will be a collateral event of India Art Fair 2020, on view from January 31 - February 24

Multi-disciplinary artist Remen Chopra W. Van Der Vaart’s solo exhibition ‘Memory’s cut; Its Deep Embrace’ will be on display at its experimental site 24 Jor Bagh, New Delhi, as a highlight on the collateral events programme of the India Art Fair 2020. The exhibition with Reha Sodhi as the curatorial advisor will include new works by the artist. The works will be on view from January 31 until  February 24.

Remen Chopra W. Van Der Vaart, ‘Wordless wonder II’, Graphite and photograph on archival paper, 50x61 inches, 2019. Photo credit- Remen Chopra W. Van Der Vaart and The Gujral Foundation

Through this exhibition, the artist will reflect upon her personal journey of migration by questioning notions of home, lineage, space and time. She will trace the history of objects and spaces which once lived, through multi-layered artworks that create contrasts of real and endorsed time. She will delve into the history of personal spaces and its memory using writings, maps, objects, poetry and sculptural works to respond to the emotion and idea of home.

"I am very pleased to announce my solo show in Delhi presented by the Gujral Foundation. I will be transforming 24 Jor Bagh into a personal space that will encapsulate memories of home. Viewers can look forward to a unique assemblage of multi layered artworks that will evoke notions of home," mentions Remen. 

At 24 Jor Bagh, the artist will recall family stories of Iran, Rawalpindi and Shimla, as narrated to her by her grandmother. Remen is inspired by architecture and constructs complex monochromatic, performance-based montages that are significantly drawn from the aesthetics of theatre. She uses patterns of Persian carpet to overlay a sculptural topographic landscape that evokes ideas of travel, lineage and rootedness. Elaborating on the textile tradition where stories, symbols, tools and skills are transferred within the family, the artist’s work bridges the past, present and future, where time is seen as a continuous loop of events.

Remen Chopra W. Van Der Vaart, Untitled, Graphite, embroidery on cloth and glass, 84x62 inches, 2019. Photo Credit - Remen Chopra W. Van Der Vaart and The Gujral Foundation

“The exhibition is a poignant chronicle of the artist's life that interweaves personal archives, notions of home and memory. Her work is a unique assemblage of intimate moments, poetry and personal objects that were passed on from one generation to the other," shares Reha Sodhi, the curatorial advisor.

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