Circular forms, traditional textiles and ancient mythology weave together a sense of modern India in Chakraview. "India's utopias articulate the intersections between ancient myth and modern design", says curator Rajshree Pathy. "Like the seven chakras, our visions of utopia are simultaneously spiritual and progressive." Pathy wanted mythology to work in dialogue with contemporary design developments; with leading scenographer Sumant Jayakrishnan, she explored the continuities between India's past and future, myth and reality. "Like More's Utopia," Pathy explains, "or installation is a narrative of India's diverse religious, social and political journeys and a constantly metamorphosing churn of all the above".
Administering Body: India Design Forum (IDF)
Designer: Sumant Jayakrishnan
Curator: Rajshree Pathy (Founder, IDF)
Supporting Bodies: Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt of India; Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion – DIPP; Confederation of Indian Industry – CII; Aditya Birla Group
Photo: Bradley Lloyd Barnes