The political is personal

There is a memorable exchange between nephew Vijay and Uncle Para in A. Sivanandan’s brilliant novel  ‘When Memory Dies’ is: “When memory dies, a people die.” Vijay asks Uncle Para, “But if we make false memories?” Uncle Para responds, “That is worse, that is murder.” To avoid false memories we need substantial documentation. Documentation is both an act of remembrance and act of course correction. I would like to travel through the art work and reflections of Jaffna’s SanathananThamotharampillai, a set of oral testimonies from The Partition Museum in Punjab, a curated collection of photographs of the decade long civil war between the state and Maoist in Nepal by Kunda Dixit, and the personal Art collection of Sara Abraham which provided the crucial confidence to the Chennai artists to understand how political and personal are intertwined. These collections help to understand diverse themes such as memory, loss, home and self.


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