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The subject as the title, "The Lost Museum: The Fate of World's Greatest Lost Treasures", suggests is the lost art of the world — cultural and historical artefacts that were destroyed in various wars or conflicts throughout history. At the core is the eventual two-fold loss — the destruction of original artwork followed by the damage suffered by their photographs stored in digital archives. Here, the artist draws the big picture in connection to human history.
"We understand our history through art — whether it is literature, visual art, cultural artefacts or music. An artwork thus embodies a past, a history in itself. Any distortion and disruption of art thus affects our understanding of history and hence, our present and future," says Kumar, who graduated in MFA from University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2007. He is currently an assistant professor with the Department of Printmedia at School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
The images include the Buddha sculptures in Bamiyan, Parthenon in Greece; murals of Nalanda; Hindu and Jain temples in Lal Kot which were destroyed to construct the Qutub Minar; destruction of works worth over $100 million at the World Trade Center; over 15,000 works that were looted and many destroyed from Baghdad Museum in April 2003 and destruction of cathedrals, frescos and sculptures during Nazi regime. Viewers are told that the images have been sourced from a certain Council for Documentation of Lost Art and Cultural Heritage (CDLACH). However, no such organisation exists in reality. It's Kumar's satir-ical commentary on the fragility of contemporary digital practices.
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