Replica of the Original


Archana Hande


Mumbai, India

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Artist Bio:

Archana Hande is a Bangalore born, Bombay based artist, curator, and organizer whose work has been celebrated across India and also internationally at important exhibitions at the Kunstmuseum Bern, Helsinki Art Museum, the 3rd Guangzhou Triennial, and the 2005 Yokohama Triennial. Originally trained as a printmaker at Santiniketan and MSU Baroda, India, Hande now works in a variety of mediums including installation, drawing, and video.


Ghidini & Modrak

Artist Statement:

These objects and photographs come from the museum (the “Archana Devi Chamber”)–they are very fragile;
collecting and archiving them has taken ages. Setting up this museum has taken 4 years but the research has been on-going for the past 10 years. The Archana Devi trust initiated this project. The aim of the museum is to restore her properties, to recreate things that are now lost, and to exhibit her futuristic vision, which can be seen in the town planning work found in her room. The museum offers details about the history of Archana Devi. These objects contribute to the creation
of the history of Archana Devi. They show how secular her family was, and what a modern thinker she was
for the benefit of society. She contributed towards the development of different societies and properties quite remarkably. Her personal life was very secretive; she never allowed anybody to interfere or know about her
life. Many people say she was quite intelligent to not reveal her real personality.