Domus India 66 cover design
The cover of this edition of Domus India is designed by photographer, curator, and researcher Ram Rahman. Rahman has been a unique observer of modern and contemporary India through the lives and works of many photographers, artists, and architects. He has often employed the format of the poster and the collage/bricolage to convey strong ideas on history and politics through the aesthetics of a composed image. We invited Rahman to suggest a cover based on his very crucial exhibition that was on display at the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA) in New Delhi early this year on the history, trials, and tribulations of Modern Architecture in the capital city. His exhibition comes at an imporatant moment in time when much of modern and twentieth-century architecture in India is under the threat of severe change or demolition as a result of a drastic shift in political ideologies in contemporary India. An India that was imagined after independence in 1947 was a bold vision of innovation and identity, and architecture played a central role in the establishment of that vision. This collage is a historical enquiry, and a tribute to that vision of a modern India that was bold and strong, and where innovation and aesthetics were the route to a modern social ethos that was secular and believed in multiple historical identities co-existing, debating, within that modern nation.