The Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation
Chittrovanu Mazumdar: undated Nightskin
April 30 – August 26, 2017
3rd Floor Gallery
In undated Nightskin, Indo-French artist Chittrovanu Mazumdar explores the creation and erasure of memory through his installations. The contrast between illumination and darkness forms a central axis in his work, which is punctuated by a sense of disembodiment and meditations on the subjective experience of time.
At the heart of Mazumdar’s work sits the inevitable tension between dark and light. Darkness forms a first impression. Swelling and pervasive, it evokes vulnerability and desire. In the dark, we experience total blindness, our surroundings are illegible. The artist’s work is the story of this long night.
The emergence of light is subdued and revelatory. It is a light that is precious, only allowed to blink and flicker, and dim for fear it will be lost. This is not the light of Kolkata, the artist’s home, a sprawling, electrified city in Eastern India. Instead, Mazumdar evokes the light of Jharkhand, a small, impoverished state nearby. He returns to Jharkhand again and again, to the land passed down from his father, experiencing the endless darkness of this alien place. There, light is an encounter beyond commodity. In Jharkhand, light is deified.
Installation view: Chittrovanu Mazumdar, Untitled, 2007
Installation view: Chittrovanu Mazumdar, Untitled, 2009