24/03/2020-14/04/2020

 

Paper Weave, 

Paper weave on xerography

Displayed as part of Emami Art Open Call Online Art Exhibition - 'Āroh'

curated by Ushmita Sahu

11.5 x 8.25 inches each (Set of 24 works)

2020

Every day waking up to images of masses walking crossing walls, roads, cities, borders simultaneously crossing poverty, hunger, discrimination, violence- people whom we never even realized existed until they stood up for themselves in search of home/shelter in this pandemic. I find innumerable resemblance and contrast in the present walk we have witnessed and the past walk we have read. One was a walk leaving home(1947) and the other is towards home(2020). Having a family background with a similar struggle for home, this piece draws references from both the situations. By positioning myself as a witness to the ongoing situation around the country and carrying the memories of my family history of transit, I weaved together the images of both the walks over my portrait.

 

Using the limitations of lockdown as the language, I explored xerography as my medium as it is the only printing source available during Corona times. Contextualizing xerox (a medium used to make multiple copies of the same file) as a language of multiplicity/mass. Each piece is like a diary entry of each day from 24/03/2020 to 14/04/2020 arranged in calendar order. Each motif draws the references from history-memory-politics and also explores the idea of home in multiple contexts.