“An authentic home is a place that physically holds memories. When one moves several times, they have to negotiate the challenge of packing up memories to bring them along. This is particularly difficult for young people whose memories tend to be built over time on an assemblage of familial stories, old objects, photographs etc. Both under twelve years old, Ishaan had lived in eight homes and Jiya, in six.
In বাসা (Nest), through the tactility of drawing, painting and intimate conversation we literally and metaphorically stitched our collective memories of the various physical spaces we have lived in. While the gesture of ‘making’ becomes a channel for reconstructing an assemblage of home, the drawn object becomes the holder of the story. Next time we move the act of packing memories will perhaps be easier.”
বাসা (Nest) by Anindita Banerjee
Ishaan Ray (contributor)
Jiya Ray (contributor)
About Anindita Banerjee
Anindita Banerjee, a twice uprooted Indian, is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher. The memories of ritualistic ceremonies, mark-makings and her reconstruction of them informs her practice. Using gestural portrayals of hybrid rituals, she wonders where her place is as an immigrant. Through her work, she tests the existence of ‘cultural otherness’ and challenges the notion of ‘fitting in’ to sociocultural spaces literally and metaphorically. She has exhibited at the Victoria Parliament Melbourne, Customs House Sydney, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and various other institutions and galleries. Last year, her solo, Home and Away, was held at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kolkata. She was also part of an exhibition at the Palazzo Bembo Gallery in Venice in conjunction with the Venice Biennale 2019.
In this intimate and personal visual story-telling she collaborates with her kids Ishaan Ray (12yrs) and Jiya Ray (11yrs) to together reimagine their family home.
Image credit: Anindita Banerjee. Photograph by Colourmash Photography.