Installation View

Archival Photographs

We are living in an era of rapid urbanization. It provides unending opportunities for the construction industry. In developing nations and even in developed nations, construction industries are always going to grow, far away from extinction. It is hard to miss the construction of big bridges, the demolition of big infrastructure, and the construction of corporate hubs in metropolitan cities. Construction is not only for betterment but also sometimes counts as a necessity.

With the pace of constructive development, new materials arrive and the production of old ones fade away. Any building block will only hold value if it’s used in an infrastructure by providing strength to the building and by being a part of it, otherwise, it would be just a stone or a brick in a way, a junk item. I used to notice some of the very same junk items on my way from the studio to the hostel at my university. These junk items were the spare ones from the ongoing dugout construction. The cricket ground was being renovated. I started documenting that construction. Documenting the changing landscape has played an important role in documenting civilization’s evolution and its economic, sociopolitical, and psychological changes.

There were some cement blocks and stones lying on the road around the cricket ground. Some of them were not even byproducts of ongoing construction, they were there for at most 2 years from any previous construction. I’ve started picking up those materials and putting it into one place. The specific site of the ground that I have chosen for display was a dugout, though it’s not completely constructed. The structure of the dugout felt like a perfect conscious choice for the display.

Collected materials include fabricated units such as bricks, cement blocks, rooftop sheets, etc. I started playing with forms within the chosen space. By placing them together in one place with a new context, the same material with manipulation of forms brings viewers’ attention to the inherent qualities of the material like what’s their significance, what they originally intended to do, and what value they add/reflect when kept together. Concrete in various forms and shapes is the major fraction of my collection. The space of the installation was related to that ground and the essence of the ground was easily visible or not visible on surface materials that are used in building cricket grounds. Apart from that I mapped the site and made charcoal lines on the floor but it vanished with the dust. I further experimented with accessing the floor of the site by constructing stairs, where form creates functions. As stated by Sullivan’s famous axiom, “form follows function”

I tried to experience a new space, within the existing space(i.e., dugout) and tried to set a new perspective through breaking and evolving a stereotype about existing space.