Life in Ariyangaadi and Ambedkar Nagar – Students’ Biennale•4th Edition

Life in Ariyangaadi and Ambedkar Nagar

Arjun and Yazhini live on opposite sides of the Southern Indian peninsula, one on the West and the other on the East. They are upcoming photographers and talk to the world through their photographs of everyday. Arjun sees life bustling in the streets of a local market in the city of Thrissur in Kerala, while Yazhini observes life spilling into the lanes and bylanes of a settlement colony in a marginalized part of Chennai. Arjun exposes the grey side of the tradesmen and their shops through his black and white photography while Yazhini chooses colours to report the daily lives of children caught amid congested houses. Arjun stays away and looks deeper to capture the signs of the past arrested in the architecture of the market, but Yazhini comes closer to her subjects to absorb the uncertain future of the people in the colony. Arjun finds that the pandemic has changed his favorite market place while Yazhini relates the unchanged daily life in Ambedkar Nagar untouched by the spreading malady. If Arjun’s Ariyangaadi is a disciplined chaos, Yazhini’s colony is a site of potential order. Ariyangaadi has an air of heritage but is tired against the conceptual markets mushrooming elsewhere. Ambedkar Nagar is a tiny universe caught within the expanding city. Thus reports Arjun from Ariyangaadi, Yazhini from Ambedkar Nagar.

Arjun N A

Government College of Fine Arts, Thrissur

Yazhini AN

Government College of Fine Arts, Chennai