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December 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 Memory

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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

Shaheen Merali