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Shop Lifting 2014

Express Avenue Shopping Mall, Chennai
Art Chennai, India

Shop Lifting was a site-specific interactive project that “lifted” the local roadside flower vendors from their usual surroundings of traditional markets in Chennai to a high-end shopping mall…. relocating them in a luxury section of Express Avenue Mall space designed by me. Visitors were allowed to engage with the vendors and buy garlands through the usual routine of bargaining.

The vendors brought with them their personal and sentimental belongings including the photographs of their immediate family and ancestors, along with their own aesthetic sensibilities to display in the shop interior. A detailed research was involved in meeting the local flower vendors, after which a few were selected for the site. Even the shopping board which was put up on the shop was in the local language i.e. Tamil, in sharp contrast to the shops of established international brands with their respective names in English.
This dual temporary migration of the flower-vendors to and from the mall space over a span of two weeks created a pattern of desires, design, tradition and economics, simultaneously addressing the impact of migration on people at a micro-level. Understanding the network of consumerism and its impact on different socio-economic groups became an integral part of this project.

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Uncatharsis 2020
BERKELEY FOR SALE !! 2020
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UnMansplaining 2019
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Unlockdown 2020
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100 (un)silent ways 2019
grafitti
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We Unfinish each other 2017
I Replace You 2017
Embodied Language 2017
(Left Untold) 2016
Aphasia 2016
Return Gifts: For Sale 2016
MOU (Museum of Unbelongings)2011-2018
Kenopsia 2016
Mis(s)Guide 2016
Tongue that won’t stop wounding 2015
Once upon a sari 2015
Unwor(l)dly 2015
Ahh Taj 2011 – 2015
Nonversation 2015
Border Unseen 2014
I Am a Poet 2013 – 2014
Shop Lifting 2014
I have only one language; it is not mine 2014
No star, No land, No word, No Commitment 2004-2014
Non spinal 2007-2014
Poems Declined 2014
A ° V O I D 2014
Deafening Silence 2013
Same River Twice 2013
Artist: Unknown 2013
Cannibal Lullaby 2013
I am not me 2012
Devoid 2012
In House Adoption 2012
Twinkle Twinkle 2012
For(e)play 2011
I chew, I bite, The Unknown 2010-2011
In Transit 2011
Black Candy (Iforgotmypenisathome) 2010
No thing 2011
Unwanted 2010
Nothing lost in translation 2008
Freemithu 2007-ongoing
Abstract Cabinet 2009
Dropping Gold, Dropping Gold 2009
Me two 2009
I dig,I look down 2008
Half Full 2007
Kamdhenu 2007
Icarus 2006-2007
Indubala and her Unbelongings 2007
All that’s solid melts into air 2006
It’s good to be a queen 2006
Letters on the beach 2006
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Ephemeral Affair 2006
Being Anastacia 2006
Spiritual materialistic 2005
Breathing 2004
Burnt by the sun 2004
Outside the war zone 2004
I hate pink 2003
Maa Jai Boluk 1998
Twilight Zone 2003
No way out 2002
Unbelongings 2001
Can we really look beyond the map 2000
Hair Unbelongings 2000-ongoing