first_imgRajmane, an MFA from Shiv Nadar University, focused on theRajmane, an MFA from Shiv Nadar University, focused on the Khirkee mosque area and used threads to measure boundaries of nearly 60 houses in and around the dilapidated site.She has then created metal bars using the same measurements to create a maze-like installation inside the studio.The artwork, she says, reflects the experience of “being an outsider.””There are boundaries all around us, in family and in society. Living in Khirkee made me even more aware of about these multiple layers of society.”There used to be so many Africans here earlier, now there are more Iranians. What are the boundaries they are expected to live in? Then there is the mosque area, where there are more landowners, while the rest of Khirkee is either slum area or the glitzy malls. Who creates these boundaries?” she says.The perennially troubled issue of migration and contemporary urbanism is taken up by the youngest of the lot, Arijit Bhattacharya.The 25-year-old graduate from Veer Narmad South Gujarat University talks about art that is functional and that can be used to the benefit of those who live in makeshift shelters.For the residency he has created a leatherette bag that transforms itself into a “superhero rubber suit” which can be worn during fire emergencies.”I noticed that there is a lot of construction in Khirkee and therefore its also a huge safety hazard, especially if a fire breaks out. Since I want my art to be functional, I have designed this suit which can be worn as protective gear,” Bhattacharya says.advertisementOther projects from the residency include Kolkata based cartoonist Manojit Samantas three-dimensional jigsaw like puzzle made out of cardboard cut-outs that depict the chaotic, unruly life of Khirkee Extension and Manipuri artist Johnson Kshetrimayum s works on racial discrimination that are based on his personal experiences of abuse.”We were called everything from a chinky to chowmein and many times were slapped and beaten up,” Kshetrimayum says.He has depicted all of this in the form of wall drawings and illustrations that talk about discrimination.The five-day-long show is set to conclude on June 20. PTI TRS ANSlast_img

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