Memorial to lost words

Sep 24 2022–Oct 09 202211:00am-7:00pm

About the event

Bani Abidi’s immersive sound and sculptural installation ‘Memorial to Lost Words’ will be held on view at the Substation at IFBE as part of the opening weekend programs of Experimenter – Colaba in collaboration with IFBE.

‘From photographic records of Indian soldiers who were captured in a Berlin camp, to archives of folk songs sung by women of Punjab besieging England to end the war, and letters from the book – Indian Voices of the Great War: Soldiers’ letters, 1914-18 by David Omissi, Abidi has plumbed the depths of history for the project’, writes Sukanya Dutta for Mid-Day.

Concurrently with the launch of ‘Memorial to Lost Words’ , a performance by Ankur Tewari and readings by Sabika Abbas Naqvi, Shripad Sinnakaar and Skye Arundhati Thomas will take place at IFBE where the artists will be seen responding to Abidi’s work.

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Experimenter was co-founded by Prateek & Priyanka Raja in 2009 in Kolkata, India. With a multidisciplinary approach, the gallery is an incubator for an ambitious and challenging contemporary practice. The program represents some of the most critical contemporary artists worldwide. The program, rooted in dialogue and dissent, is considered to be a ‘pace-setter’ for its region, and extends from exhibition-making to knowledge creation, through regular talks, performances, workshops and through its much acclaimed, annual curatorial intensive – Experimenter Curators’ Hub. A second, more ambitious space was added in 2018, marking a deeper inquisition into the gallery’s realm of interest. Its third space Experimenter – Colaba, established in 2022, marks the commitment of its discursive programming to Mumbai, a city that in turn represents the diverse pluralities of the region.