Opening Reecption for Procheta Mukherjee Olson — "Palimpsest"
February 6, 2020
5:00 pm-8:00 pm
University Museum of Contemporary Art
UMass Amherst Campus
In this Dialogue with a Collection exhibition, Procheta Mukherjee Olson explores the multiple ways in which her work parallels the formal and conceptual concerns of Yun Fei Ji’s “Three Gorges Dam Migration” (2002). A magnificent 32-feet-long hand scroll made with over 500-hand-carved woodblocks, this print from the University Museum’s permanent collection maps the massive social and psychological disruptions caused by the construction of the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtse River in China. Like Yun Fei Ji, Olson works in a classical eastern painting tradition (specifically one that also renders space in flattened perspective), and often against its grain to draw attention to the intersection of the personal and the political. Drawing from her own experiences and the inherited collective memory from her country of origin, she uses the vernacular of Mughal and Persian miniature painting traditions to map the culturally hybrid landscape of India as it exists between Colonialism and Globalization. Anachronisms appear as historical figures and pop-cultural icons appear beside each other, and like in Ji’s scroll, depictions of major social events are interspersed with the quotidian and the fantastical. Together, their narratives flow like rivers in flux, palimpsests in which the individual collides with the social, the historic with the modern, and the dramatic with the pedestrian.
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