MemoryDecember 2022 Issue 28
“When the events of the twentieth century unfolded—the cartography of national borders, political revolutions and neo-liberalism—they prompted the desire to remember and understand the roots of diversity. The route to chart the map of difference navigates the terrain of the historical past in the shape of archives, memoirs, museums and monuments. The ensuing experience closely tied to ‘fluid’ memory against the historical ‘data’; ‘broken’ time versus chronological ‘order’; central ‘reality’ distinct from peripheral ‘reminiscence’ contributes to amplify the voice of resistance against the grand metanarrative of a nation-building exercise.
The current issue of TAKE, Memory, emerges from the 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. In the same spirit, the world of representation, when navigating the spatial-temporal axis to trace the becoming of the self, could not escape the pressing concerns around political issues of identity and institutions.
Closer home, the Indian subcontinent has been a recurrent witness to the constructed account of historical events such as the 1947 Partition of the Indian Subcontinent. The tensions have set into motion the interest towards the necessity to listen to both personal and collective memory. Towards this end, the flecks of memory shed a light on the narratives populating the margins only to expand the pluralistic environment.”
—Bhavna Kakar, Editor’s Note, TAKE MemoryView Index Buy Now