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The Street and the Gallery: Shahidul Alam’s Archives of Practices

In bearing witness to the historical and the everyday, Alam continuously blurs the boundaries between the aesthetic, the political and the personal. Simultaneously, the retrospective showcased Alam’s critique of the Global South’s erasure from the history of photography and how his prominent presence in the “West” is a corrective towards decolonizing photography.

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Between Warp and Weft: On Kallol Datta’s Textile Objects

Datta’s objects carry secrets around knots and folds at the kernel, and point to his practice of cutting patterns in a circular fashion at the formative stage. The circular pattern-cutting registers as an attempt to eliminate the possibility of waste, where the leftover fabric is turned into appendages for the installations.

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Pinning History to Paper

In the recent works of Manisha Gera Baswani, repair and tending are transformative acts with complex contours, reminding us that healing and growing are interlaced with pain and grief, and that the fabric of life is studded with harvest and hibernation.

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International Reviews

The Milk of Dreams: 59th Venice Biennale

As a long-time viewer of the Venice Biennale, I was particularly struck by the challenges of the post-human condition which Alemani engaged with. Ecology, technology, mental health, and the human body became key concerns for Alemani.

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Partition and Departure: The Memory Trope in the Works of Jogen Chowdhury and Ganesh Haloi

Poised at two ends of the same spectrum Ganesh Haloi and Jogen Chowdhury tend to negotiate memory in remarkably individual ways, where a sense of optimism and renewal of life glow as radiantly as the underlying passages of pain and pathos.

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Current Issue



The TAKE Memory is an endeavour to expand the many meanings entailed in the discipline of memory. The issue emerges from this context to identify the ground of inclusive perspective on the lived experiences by extending critical inquiry on the constellation of photo-archives, monuments, memorials, visual culture and digital technology.

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Inside Memory

TAKE Memory: Editor’s Note

Representational ethics, the hidden face, and the work of memory

Letter from Lahore: An exchange between Neelam Hussain and Salima Hashmi (2016-2022)

A Dacca Childhood: On Photographs and Family Memories

Recreating and Embodying Lahore in Delhi

1947 Partition and the Art of Zarina

Terrasonic Agency: Working the Earth

(Post)memory Democracy Remembering Partition through Emergent Visual-Material Objects

The Landscape of 1971: Museums, Memories, and the Aesthetics of Bangladeshi Nationalism

Digital Archives and the Crowdsourcing of the Past

Re: Staging the Trial of Bahadur Shah Zafar (1858)

Afterlives of the Constant Past in the Photographs from Kashmir: Rematerializing Space dotted by Mediation and Inscription

Creole Indias and the Artistic Activation of Memory

Partition Anti-Memorial Project: Resisting Political Appropriation through Feminist Art

Intergenerational Memories of 1947 Partition: The South Asian Diaspora in the United Kingdom

‘The Contrarieties in our Longings’: Mohammed Rafi Fan Blog

A Memorial for a Harvest: Dharmendra Prasad’s Museum of Grass

Bani Abidi: Revisit the Many Haunts Borne by Unsung Warriors of the First World War

Listening to Lines: Encountering Nasreen Mohamedi

Of Separation and Belonging: Sayed Haider Raza

Review of ‘Event, Memory, Metaphor’

Beyond the Dark Edge: Exploring the Nuanced World of Arunima Choudhury

The Street and the Gallery: Shahidul Alam’s Archives of Practices

Between Warp and Weft: On Kallol Datta’s Textile Objects

The World Expressed Through Diverse Mediums and in Different Voices

The Milk of Dreams: 59th Venice Biennale

The Universe in Me, I Am the Universe

‘Jitish Kallat: Order of Magnitude’

Field Report of a Cultural Worker’s Residency in Basel, Switzerland

A City Through Objects - 101 Stories from the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum

Navjot At Work and Artist’s Notes

Modernism/Murderism: The Modern Art Debate in Kumar

Splendors of Punjab: Art from the Khanuja Family Collection

Let’s See


Connecting the Dots of Memory

Metaphor and Memory

A Repository of Rich Indian Art finds a New Life in Bihar Museum

Preserved and Framed

The Memory of Ice

Fly on the Wall

Tangled Hierarchy

What Future Hides: Writing Critically In/For a Changing Nation

Amitesh Grover

Arpana Caur

Sheba Chhachhi

Nilima Sheikh

Apnavi Makanji

TAKE Features


Being and Becoming: A conversation with Jai Khanna and Promila Bahri

TAKE on Art talks to the artist Jai Khanna and the curator Promila Bahri on their new exhibition ‘Inward Trail’. The exhibition features works by the artist celebrating the journey of self-discovery through exploration of disciplines in Jainism and its cultural heritage. The show’s curator has noticed in the artist’s works a contemporary form of miniature art exploring the meaning of ‘being and becoming’ through the depiction of “Thirthankaras” in a calm demeanour meditating in deep forested landscapes with mythical figures appearing. The artist and the curator ponder over the questions of interconnectedness of material and the spiritual leading to a holistic understanding of life.

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Arpita Akhanda: The Memory Collector

In the past decade and a half, significant art has been produced on the subject of Partition, its aftermath and afterlives – with focus on geographical sites of ancestry, the border, migration and displacement, refugee colonies and inherited memories. Arpita is the youngest of the artists who have made this theme their own, to varying degrees. But what really distinguishes her oeuvre is that it is entirely predicated upon ‘familial postmemory’.

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Remembering Vivan Sundaram: 1943-2023

Saddened by his passing, Emilia Terracciano remembers Indian contemporary artist Vivan Sundaram. He summoned up all his energies from his great reservoir of wisdom and experience. He was an unstoppable creator, who never gave up, no matter how dark the situation. He reminded me that optimism is something one must purposefully marshal, a form of discipline one ought to cultivate, against all internal and external threats of dejection and hopelessness. That optimism is another word for political action.

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