“… memories we can never rub away. They remain with us forever, like a touchstone.” ― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore
“Memories – the bittersweet remnants of a buried past, the scab of old wound – have always been to me a treasured existence of the home I can never go back to. As a fourth generation Bangladeshi migrant in India, I re-member my past as an obscure pain of homelessness, which taints my inherited memories of migration with washes of morose shade.
This omnipresent emotion seeps into my visual repositories and practice. The ephemerality and versatility of paper makes it my favored medium for playing out the fragmented recapitulations with the torn bits of paper becoming a visual realization of the vestiges of lost land in my memory. Thus, that the act of tearing out bits of paper and painstakingly reassembling them one by one into forms and subjects on the surfaces become a therapeutic and meditative process for me. It is a palpable act symbolizing the piecing together of my memory of dispossession and diaspora. A displacement and externalization of memory in this manner allows me a sense of perspective and agency about this borrowed historiography.”
For Sudipta, paper becomes the preferred medium for its versatility and cultural associations. Thus, her visual realization of emotions and traumas of dislocation find avenues in the medium of paper.
Currently residing in Vadodara, Sudipta completed her Bachelor degree and master degree from Kala Bhavana, Santiniketan. Her solo exhibitions include “A Soaring to Nowhere” at Gachang art studio, South Korea (2017) and “The surface of memory” at Latitude 28, New Delhi (2013). Her works were also shown in 2018 India Art Fair (Special Art Project), 2014/2015 and India Art Fair at Latitude 28, New Delhi as well as 2017 Jeonnam International Sumuk Pre Biennale, South Korea.
Sudipta’s work is presented in association with Gallery Latitude 28, New Delhi.