archana hande    



Victoria House / White Town
2006 - 2007

Choudhuri House / Grey Town
2006 - 2007

Adarsh Nagar / Black House



Relics of Grey


Relics of Grey, was initiated as an investigation into the cultural, social and political attitudes of people in the four colonial port cities and commercial hubs of Bombay/Mumbai where Hande resides, Mangalore where she has her roots, and Calcutta/Kolkata, Madras/Chennai, and the garden city of Bangalore/Bengaluru to which she has attachments. From an intense space of social-political-familial critique, Hande travels across the country probing and unearthing narratives of different castes, classes, communities, and professions, the dust eventually settling in the mega city, Mumbai. Offset by a legacy of haute colonialism, in the post-globalisation race for growth in post-colonial India, Hande is led to question issues of displacement at multiple levels; discrimination based on notions of purity and pollution, authentic and fake; and rights to property that are consistently challenged based on these multiple notions. In the struggle for survival, as basic claims to food, water, shelter and livelihood continue to remain severely challenged, Hande asks, “How do we maintain a culturally enriched life of dignity and empathy?”

Beth Citron

JNU Installation shots
2009 new


B & W = GREY?
By Paula Sengupta

Rahul Srivastava


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