The Archivists’ Impatience is a series of installations and works that constitute a
collective response to the slow, but ever growing, relationship to media and the
erosion of values which followed the global upheavals after the second world
war and, particularly its continuing effects in the second half of the twentiethcentury.
Drawing on various archival material and closely examining the effects
of change, these artists, as members of the community, have reconfigured the
material to address aspects that they find important, towards allowing a better
understanding of the role of images and ideas in the world.
The installations are constructed from diverse sources and multiple viewpoints
but are delivered as artistic statements. They allow us to comprehend the archive
as a possible site of personal convergence of space, identity and historical
Furthermore, the exhibition proposes we revisit these important salvaged objects,
photographs, found and unique as an archive which allows us to examine our
condition of impatience, of a whole evolving at a rate that tries technologically to
control time and nature itself. An impatient future awaits us as the artist
/archivists themselves become impatient with the world.
This is the third exhibition in a spate of few years by the curator Shaheen Merali
in Mumbai, following the inaugural exhibition at the BMB Gallery, The Dark
Sciences of Five Continents, which had followed on the heels of Everywhere is
War (and rumours of War) at BodhiMumbai.