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2016
digital print on Hahnemuhle photorag archival paper, rock salt chunks, first
covers from Colombo Postal Headquarters,
black painted MDF boards, salt, clip boards, paper
44 x 29.5 in. l 112 x 75 cm (print) 96 x 48 in. I 244 x 122 cm (MDF board)
Installation view, Prana Lounge, Colombo Art Biennale, Sri Lanka
 
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Reena Kallat's installation at the Colombo Biennale is centred on the photograph of a beach inscribed with the poem 'Where the mind is without fear' by Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941). The poem, which articulates Tagore's idea of freedom as the removal of shackles of the mind was written in sand with salt, allowing it to be slowly consumed by wind and the rising tides. In surrendering the work thus to nature, the artist creates a fragile, dissipating memory of the poem that resists memorialisation as an aesthetic mode of forgetting.
Placed alongside the photopiece are salt rock chunks engraved with the dates of Tagore's visits to Srilanka and the postage stamp with the first covers that were printed by the Srilankan government on his 150th birth anniversary.
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detail, rock salt chunks, first covers from Colombo Postal Headquarters
 
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detail, black painted MDF board
 
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detail, black painted MDF board
 
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detail, clip boards, paper
 
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