Given time: The Gift and Its Offerings
Odyssey Gallery, Mumbai, India
A return gift maintains an ongoing relationship between giver and receiver, functioning as a constant reminder of shared emotions. It necessitates that one or the other category must always be in debt.
To put the return gift on sale is a sign of its abandonment, a denial of the existing connection between giver and receiver, turning it into a capital good while hinting at the desperation to end the relationship and the psychological trauma implicit in such an extremity.
Many aspects remain hidden, yet available, waiting to be unveiled. The return gifts reveal the multiple layers of the tangled connections made over the years, only to be exposed under some light.