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Synonym-Mumbai
Synonym-Mumbai
Synonym-Mumbai
Synonym-Mumbai
Synonym-Mumbai

Location: Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Project Work Status: Completed Projects

Project Duration: 2007 - 2009

Dimensions : 78 x 57.5 x 12 in. I 198 x 146 x 30 cm

The works stand like screens holding up portraits formed by several hundred names of people rendered in scripts of over 14 Indian languages.
From a distance they come together as portraits, but up-close they almost seem like a circuit-board of rubberstamps. The rubberstamps are made with names of those officially registered as having gone missing in India from different geographical zones. These include names of those lost either through natural calamities such as landslides, floods, earthquakes; or gone missing during riots or large scale mishaps; names of those abducted or absconding, with the police still trying to ascertain their whereabouts.

These are people who seem to have slipped out of the radar of human communication, thrown off the social safety net. The portrait of a sub-continental citizen is formed by numerous such names; the back of each portrait appearing like a sea of invisible identities, a bird's eye view of a large human congregation.

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