Material Memory is a group exhibition that traces the mechanisms of memory in the tangible, material world. The exhibition echoes the perception that all matter – be it objects, water, human- and non-human beings, or buildings – contains traces of past encounters with other sentient and non-sentient matter.
In what ways does matter retain memory? Can we develop a more accountable relation to, for example, water – an inherently ancient substance that remembers and retains all human endeavour – by considering our own bodies as conduits in the hydrological cycle? What can a kinship with non-sentient materials look like and why is it imperative to our shared futurity?
The questions that inform this exhibition derive from the work of five artists who trace, cast, and carve-out the multi-layered relationships between memory and matter in sensuous, vibrant, and imaginative ways.
Artists: Tuan Andrew Nguyen, Cihad Caner, Hannah Dawn Henderson, Clementine Edwards, Kari Robertson. Curated by Katayoun Arian.