Photos and text: Gigi Scaria

City Unclaimed is a site-specific installation made in 2012 where inkjet print was used on archival paper. It combines a large photo-based mural of an imaginary cityscape with a working fountain that stands as both a monument to a glorious past and also a reminder of bubbling societal tension.

City Unclaimed deals with the eccentricities nurtured and watered in a typical urban setting of India largely created and running through the migrant population and its constant ‘‘pilgrimage’’. In its nature each part of the city claims its immediate vicinity but overall lies unattended and unclaimed by any system or logic. It grows and decays by its own logic, assigned by the mood of time and its everlasting nature of permanency if allowed to understand ‘time’ as the only phenomenon un-flickered and static.

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