The Museum of Ordinary Objects
Objects are memory boxes. Objects can also become symbols of associations. They can be deeply personal & profoundly universal. Objects carry marks of their lives with you. A crack, a stain, an energy; which can never be erased. As objects change hands, a new memory gets written over the old one. Ordinary Objects. In their quiet, unassuming, unexpected way speak of us, and our times.
This museum aims to evoke these personal & universal stories. So that we may look at objects differently; re-approach the perceptions of ordinary & special; And defy the market norms of premium & exclusive.
The Museum of Ordinary Objects extracts ordinary objects from our everyday life and places them in a Museum setting. It is an attempt to create a democratic space where the curatorial does not dictate the visitor’s interpretation of the collection or their experience of the Museum. In the Museum objects share space with handwritten notes. These notes range from intricate memory mapping of the object’s arrival in someone’s life or just one word that the contributor deem suitable to tell the story of the object. The Museum demand from its visitor attention, care and acknowledgment for the otherwise forgotten, often uncared for objects that live with us.
The Museum is a social exercise, with aims similar to any other established Museum – to urge the visitor to stop and look! However, here the visit is not among unknown or exclusive objects, or objects of historic value – they find themselves among the very familiar and the personal. This allows for a deeper engagement with the self as they find themselves in the stories of others, in objects they might have or have had and thereby connecting to a larger more communal sensibility. The Museum of Ordinary Objects is a safe space, where stories are told but tellers remain anonymous. Where objects are stripped of its material consumerist value and celebrated instead for their banal value.
The Museum of Ordinary Object is a temporary exhibition. Conceptualized and designed by three object loving hoarders based out of Mumbai, India – Choiti Ghosh (Tram Arts Trust), Karan Talwar (Harkat Studios) and Sananda Mukhopadhyaya (Extensions Arts). It was first shown in Mumbai in April 2016. A second mini showing was done as part of a curated artists ensemble ‘In the Mood for Melancholia’ at Harkat Studios. And then again in March 2017.
This exhibition also travels. If you want us to bring it to your community, kindly get in touch with us.