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Museum Archive

12 weeks

Jonak Das,
Tanishka Kachru

November 2019,

NID, Ahmedabad

THINGS MY MOTHER USED TO DO

An attempted museum archive of sustainable and frugal Indian habitual practices deeply rooted in Indian culture, narrated from ones own 'amma' (mom)

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The posters and museum guide 

 
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FROM RICHES TO RAGS

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तेरा पुराना टी-श़टर्  =  मम्मी का नया पोंछा

Your old t-shirt = Mom’s new cleaning cloth

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Most clothes go through being the new go-to outfit, getting passed down to a sibling, then being nightwear and eventually, ending up as a cleaning cloth.

This exhibit celebrates this common nuance of T-shirt from being a new piece of clothing to a cleaning rag on a pedestal, juxtaposed with a clip that talks of this culture in a popular stand-up comedy by Kenny Sebastian. 

new t-shirt

nightwear

dusting cloth

नया पोंछा (new rag)

 
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Mostly found packed one into another, this stockpile of plastic bags is commonly found behind that one door ever since plastic bags crept into Indian households.  

YES, IT’S THAT PLASTIC BAG 

WITH MORE PLASTIC BAGS INSIDE

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Be it the Guptas, Sharmas, Roys or Kumars, all houses have this treasured plastic bag, hence framed.

 
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Despite all those debates, battles and falls, with all that armor, your remote probably lasted longer than the TV. 

TAPE, ON TAPE, ON TAPE

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This piece showcases the TV remote whose plastic skin was only removed years later and covered with tape and old adhesive holding it together in an Indian living room setting, complete with a classic old sofa cover.

 
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PINNED,

CLOSE TO YOUR HEART

A fold and a pin, a pat on your head and you’re ready to go.

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This set not only tries to take you down memory lane when your mom used to pin a hanky to your uniform but also encourages the audience to take one from the many hung on the clothesline and pin one to their clothes.

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The hand towels have prompt lines stitched on them to show how to fold to a perfect triangle to pin.

 
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Given almost always with the exact change and a list, the task of going to the local store never failed to annoy every young Indian kid.

TOTE BAG, झोला,            

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The now fashionable tote bag has been your friend since a long time, all because of Amma's well planned out system.

 
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ACHIEVEMENTS /

Featured in Lines Of Inquiry Exhibition
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THE TEAM /

Khushboo Mehrotra
Noora Yasmin

Khushboo Mehrotra
Noora Yasmin

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