#1 The Red and Ochre Corner House
At a verdant corner of intersecting labyrinthine lanes in D’Mello Vaddo sits a Red and Ochre house. The home of Alice and Shrinivas hosts an exhibition that is an ode to the vanishing era of the family album. In an age when the family album has been replaced by the digital, three artists provide a thought-provoking meditation on the nature of obsolescence and memory: weaving visual narratives that attest to the once-universal appeal of documenting and displaying the mundane; works that repurpose and reinterpret their own repositories of family history and memory.
Sukanya Ghosh works within the sanctuary of family history that family albums most often present, in which the photographs are “reshaped” through the use of memorabilia, popular imagery and moving images. The resultant works employ memory and history to create imagined narratives in mythopoetic spaces.
Cecilia Verilli and Federico Carpani’s work “1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002” is not really an exhibit. Rather, it is a card game masquerading as one. The authors have used their personal family photographs, and cropped them in alluring, enigmatic and unusual ways to create a match pair memory game. The idea is straightforward with 140 cards in total, comprising 70 pairs, which could be played face down turning one card up at a time and collecting pairs.
Kannagi Khanna’s photographs never tire of stories as told to her by her grandfather. Intertwining contemporary images with family pictures, she plots memories and dreams in small town India.
Text by Akshay Mahajan