Ajay Kumar Gorai

College of Art, New Delhi

I am interested in using discarded material that is archival in nature – in this instance, pages from old school notebooks. The work evokes memories of the past – it starts with marks, scratches and ink blots, and the dashes, circles and dots that teachers use to indicate mistakes. All the actions associated with submitting, receiving, keeping, storing the copies and then organising and indexing the contents – all that we learn is stored between these pages and we finally just throw the books away.

These notebook papers are ruled for alignment, and the lines of the notebook are an important element as they represent the sedimentation of time and memory. Memory also shapes identity. What we choose to forget and that we choose to remember defines us as human beings. Each material has its own poetry that we can explore, to see what emerges with a minimum exercise of control.