Installation titled Structures of Memory: Modern Bengal by Indian artist Vivan Sundaram (b.1943, Simla), site-specifically installed at Victoria Memorial Hall, Calcutta, India, in 1998.
Hosted in the colonial monument located in the center of Calcutta, the multimedia installation includes several elements brought together in a single standing historical structure. The installation uses historical textual and visual references to draw parallels both conceptually and visually. Using the original space as a platform, it functions as a site-specific interactive and participatory work.
Memorial to Labour, Symbols of Socialism, Golden Coil is a section of Structures of Memory: Modern Bengal which consists of several components: chronicle of peasant and working-class struggles written on jute bags stacked to make a rising wall; vitrine with coil of jute fibre; vitrine with axe, hammer and sickle, encased in red velvet.
Compiled by Sunetra Mitra with help from Shamita Sen; fabrication: Praneet Soi, Indra Purkayashta; display: Rajesh Chakravarty, Debyendu Ukil
Exhibition history: ‘Structures of Memory: Modern Bengal,’ site-specific installation at Victoria Memorial Hall, Calcutta, 1998.