Do­mus In­dia

Do­mus In­dia 66 cover de­sign

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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.

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