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LAST CHANCE Fazal Rizvi: How do we remember?
This sounds like a fascinating personal exploration. Here’s the artist: “My maternal grandmother, Jehanara Hasan, was diagnosed with dementia in her late 50s. She is most often remembered as one of the most beautiful women of her time. And there are photographs that testify this claim. Images which hold that truth within them. But what rests within the image, is not the Jehanara I ever saw. There is dissonance within these two images of her. And this body of work stems from this place of dissonance. It rests somewhere between the notions of forgetting and remembering, of the image and its form, of permanence and ephemerality, and of the material and the immaterial.
“For the exhibition at Grey Noise, I am considering the figure of my grandmother as a mirage. An image that you can see, but never quite reach. How can I get close enough to her skin beneath that glistening film and touch her, smell her, hear her, know her. How do I remember her? How do others remember her? How would she have chosen to memorize and remember herself? These are the questions I am meditating on through this body of work, and in the process, I may reach the mirage, I may unravel the image, and I may end up building her a shrine …”