Reparation – Students’ Biennale•4th Edition

Reparation

Ambedkar University Delhi

Participants

Arjun Panayal
Avik Debdas
Ayushi Goyal
Chinmoy Deori
Ghanishka Kedar
Hariom
Jeebandhan Behera

Navina Lamba
Navraj Choudhary
Prabhakar Duwarah
Shruti Sarkar
Stuti Bhavsar
Sumit Verma
Surabhi

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The eyes of people living in the Arctic are capable of differentiating between multiple shades of white. At times, the subtle changes are noticed largely through the reflection of light. But the common perception runs along the line that snow is only the generic white. While we were discussing this idea of sensitivity, perception, aesthetics and politics in our classroom, just before the Mid-term break of monsoon semester of 2019, we missed paying sensitive attention to a team of workers who had started chipping the graffiti wall of CR10 area at Kashmere Gate Campus of Ambedkar University Delhi on 26th September 2019. A protest erupted during the mid-term break on 3rd October, when they had completely erased the ‘Azadi Wall’ painted by AUD Queer Collective. When the students came back to the university after the vacation on 9th October, the Kashmere Gate Campus had become cold and desolate, with most of the wall graffiti dumped onto the lanes of the campus as debris, in the name of beautification and safety.
Being students of visual art, and as joint stakeholders of the university, the incident stirred us deeply. We collectively decided to take an initiative to recreate the wall graffitis, create an alternative space not just to counter the act and expose the actual intention of the administration but also probe into larger questions of repair, beautification and stakeholding in our society in relation to this incident.


Kumar Krishna

Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodara

While exploring the flamboyant use of colours in advertisements, I became conscious of the changes in attitude that have taken place in the industry between Independence and the present time. The use of symbolic elements representing swadeshi products has become a new aspect of current day advertisements. It asserts a form of nationalism and at the same time replaces the value with commerce, which is symptomatic of present-day politics.

Swadeshi Walls (View- 1). 2020. Ceramics Sculpture
Swadeshi Walls (View- 2). 2020. Ceramics Sculpture