Ambedkar University Delhi
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.