Structures of Memory: Modern Bengal — Tea Chest (Detail)

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.

Tea Chest
is a section of Structures of Memory: Modern Bengal which consists of several tea chests with backlit translites of the dome of Durbar Hall collaged with photographs.

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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60.96cm x 60.96cm x 60.96cm

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Structures of Memory: Modern Bengal — Tea Chest (Detail)

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