Remembering Absent Meaning

Remembering Absent Meaning
MFA Thesis Exhibition: Nandita Raman

Opening Reception: February 2 | Thursday | 6:00–9:00 pm
On View: February 3-4 | Friday–Saturday | 12:00–5:00 pm

ICP-Bard MFA Studios, 24–20 Jackson Avenue, 3rd Floor, Long Island City, New York

“Remembering Absent Meaning. . .

Moving to the US in 2008 created distance from my familiar landscape, activating experiences that had been retained in the past 28 years. I remembered a lot of events and instants that had accumulated unconsciously. Last summer, I visited Banaras and asked my grandfather if he remembered his childhood home, his room and how it had changed over the years. He went from an objective description of the room to remembering people and events located in and around the house. The course of these accounts changed when the question was repeated another day. New associations were made, characters were introduced and fresh emotions were attached to the old narrative. The digressions too made their appearance at different instances in his story, deviating from their prior progression. This made me curious about how memory functions, its relationship to objective reality and time.”  – Nandita Raman

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“Memory and thought can only exist in time. A mirror, on the other hand is not subject to duration. It has nothing of the past, the reflection is in the now, nothing is retained. Here, in the no-place of the mirror, the present as the fleeting instant, the past invoked by this moment and the future memory of this reflection might simultaneously come together. What would be the relevance of memory if there were no past, no future; in timelessness?” – Nandita Raman

Nandita is a brilliant young artist who also has an extraordinary artists’ book in the ICP library.
Book by Chance / Nandita Raman
R  TR179.5.R355 .B66 2011
10 dice contained in a box with a map which shall then enable you to find a book to read in the ICP library entirely by the act of chance.

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