Hera Büyüktaşçıyan and Hajra Haider Karrar
The Infinite Nectar, 2020
Single-channel video installation, publication, new commission
Infinite Nectar derives from poetics of space focusing on Sikh heritage that carries traces of the 1947 Partition. These spaces have been resilient in the face of adversity, power shifts and urban transformations throughout history. The project invokes the cyclical movement of time, memory and human presence in these spatial palimpsests. It refers to the representation of memory by creating a series of mirrorings through the lost and found elements of spaces that have become the embodiment of the invisible. By attempting to trace the invisible, the work reflects upon the notion of recording time through layers of history and a reading of topographic memory.
Investigating Lahore’s Sikh heritage through research and recuperation of its traces in culture and architectural space, Infinite Nectar reflects on history, memory, and the politics of (in)visibility over time in urban contexts. A dialogic exchange between Hera Büyüktaşçıyan and Hajra Haider Karrar, the project consists of a video installation and publication featuring spaces that have become the embodiment of presence in absence.
SAHA provided production support for Hera Büyüktaşçıysan
Support for Research provided by National College of Arts (NCA), and Gurmani Centre of Literature & Language, LUMS
Film stills provided by Hera Büyüktaşçıysan