DEMOLITION AT K-73, MUMBAI:
REFERENCE NOTES AND WORKS IN PROGRESS
The hammer which destroys my house also damages my body insofar as the house was already an indication of my body. The relation of value and significance of the hammer blow is seen as the aesthetic moment - the collapse of subject-object and time-space-place in spatial unmaking. The break is an opening, an inbetween-ness of becoming. The desire for the new to drive out Modernisms long shadows, which persists throughout as memory traces of the temporarily deleted structure. The house cut into cross sections takes it back to the drawing board from where it began. A coat of whitewash like a gag before execution becomes the cleansing agent capable of erasing all traces of history, the layers of materiality viewed as historical strata of excavations.
Demolition may be an un-thought in architecture; but an active force of life in the city, a socially and symbolically significant mask of power. Construction is progressive destruction and vice-versa. Drawing on residual pasts, demolition critiques the futures lost and claimed. Places with no time, they collapse past, present, and future conditions at once. It gives insight into how places hold and conceal and the moment of destruction reveals a greater history of complex socio-cultural, psychological and physically embodied meanings.
Vrinda Seksaria graduated from the Faculty of Architecture, CEPT, India; has done PG Diploma in Indian Aesthetics, MA in Photography and Urban Cultures, Goldsmiths, London and a fellowship from KRVIA, Mumbai. She has exhibited as part of group shows – Experience Mumbai 2006, Mumbai; Crossing Lines 2011, London; Liminal 2011, London and her fellowship show at KRVIA, Mumbai in 2014. She has been a visiting faculty at various architecture colleges in Mumbai, is experimenting with alternative photographic methods and working as an architect with Studio Mumbai. Her work explores links between architectural-urban studies, socio-cultural theory and photographic practice; with a focus on cultural archaeologies of urban space and the politics of architectural memory, materialities, construction, demolition and decay.