Structures of Memory: Modern Bengal — Binodini: Double Portrait

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.

Binodini: Double Portrait
is a section of Structures of Memory: Modern Bengal which consists of a computer-manipulated double-portrait of Binodini Debi set within painted text from her autobiography and a collage of photos of other Bengali actresses. 

Other credits:
Painting: Jayashree Chakravarty; system work: Jit Ray; photo courtesy: Natya Shodh

Exhibition history: ‘Structures of Memory: Modern Bengal,’ site-specific installation at Victoria Memorial Hall, Calcutta, 1998. 

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Structures of Memory | The History Project

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91.44cm x 76.2cm

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Structures of Memory: Modern Bengal — Binodini: Double Portrait

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