Pro.ject invites young and established artists to propose an exhibition that will utilize the spaces of the Shrine Empire Gallery for a single comprehensive project.
Anoli Perera’s exhibition Memory Keeper opens to the public on 19th January 2013 in Shrine Empire Gallery, New Delhi. Anoli Perera is one of the most renowned contemporary female artist from Sri Lanka and is currently based in Delhi. Her exhibition deals with remembrance, recollection the danger of erasure. In terms of its conceptualization, in this exhibition the artist relates a story she has seen unfolding. She notes in her concept note that “I am the ‘memory keeper.' I have become a memory keeper because I was born wedged between the sun set of one era and the dawn of another.” For her and many others of her generation, “existing between eras is to live in a liminal space where people forget to keep records because they are eager to forget the past and move on to the future.” She further observes, “the last vestiges of the previous era and the transition itself, become insignificant moments and footnotes of history, not worth remembering in the larger contexts of events.”
Perera’s exhibition takes viewers to and beyond private and public memory mediated by the passage of time as well as war, and traverses through a number of other discourses that includes migration, globalization and advent of homogenous cultural forms and the expelling of the local. However, in all cases, the artist’s point of departure and obsessive focus is what is remembered and what would lapse from memory. As she observes, “what we lost was our innocence and our common sense… we, for sure lost the trust. Then it stopped …Soon the pain and what was lost might well be forgotten too…amnesia sets in…. People want to move on. I keep memories for posterity ...”