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Jaidev Tripathy: The Brutalist Bazaar (Nehru Place)

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Jaidev Tripathy (Artist Profile)
The Brutalist Bazaar (Nehru Place)
Digital Archival Print (Mixed Media w. drawing and digital rendering)
13.5 x 17.5” / 35 x 45 cms
Signed; Edition of 15
(The work will be shipped without a frame rolled in a tube).
Artist Statement: "The visible cracks on plastered walls have almost a poetic existence, symbolic in nature. These cracks resembling branches of a tree, add life to architecture - there is a dichotomy between real architecture and finessed modernism. They also signify decay and age; a certain sense of mortality, which profoundly humanises architecture, for it, is an extension of humans itself. Like Tschumi said, "the most architectural thing about this building is the state of decay it is in".           

The brutalist office buildings of Nehru Place are visible from afar. The sharp, massy blocks full of weathered plaster and heavy structural members give a run-down appearance to Nehru Place, often perceived as a place in ruins at first glance. But what defines Nehru Place's thriving energy in modern times is the informal electronic and IT market, which behaves almost like a flea market (hence titled Brutalist Bazaar). The hustle-bustle of people, signboards and advertisements, and temporary kiosks stand in contrast with the harsh structures, yet add life to it. The structures bring forth an appealing sense of historical background, adding to the signature 'Indian character' we all take pride in.         

 This illustration came to birth in August, with the image of land being re-patched during the COVID pandemic still fresh in my brain. A cloudy afternoon with less people, construction machines and the heaps of mud and dirt dug up resulted in almost a ghastly appearance of the marketplace. Yet, the space fascinated me like no other. It somehow retained its original character, yet at the same time merged with surroundings in almost a collage-like composition of light and shadow. There was a sense of cinematic nostalgia, waiting keenly for life to take over once again after the pandemic dipped. It stood confidently tall establishing its brutalist character, as the cracks of plastered walls spoke candidly.
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