My first published article am super thrilled about!
The photographs, that populate the archive of Simmons, represent a history, the violence of which has been erased in ways that enable that violence to continue into the contemporary. The exhibition embeds itself in a history of an arts practice defining itself in its opposition to the unruly chaotic caste and language based democratic appropriations of street and visual space. It creates a desire, a nostalgia that ends up ironically supporting private capital’s appropriation of public space.
An incident occured on May 20th while artists from the Delhi I Love You campaign set out to paint on the walls of Delhi. The artists were stopped form painting an Urdu couplet and forced by the crowd to repaint it with the slogan – Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan (Clean India Mission). You can read more about it here: