Silent Waters

This installation is a mobile memorial that acknowledges and memorializes the violence of ethnic violence. This site-specific installation is comprised of 101 larger-than-life-scale ceramic feet glazed black inside and out. Feet are a particularly androgynous fragment of the human body and here they acknowledge the male body also as a site of violence.

I believe that representations of violence are difficult and problematic to say the least. Therefore, I feel that any kind of monument or memorializing ritual for such an abject issue would have to be multiplicitous, fragmented, temporary and peripatetic. The feet filled with water serve as a surrogate for the absent defiled bodies.

Water also has a ritualistic and ceremonial role in the funerary rites of Hindu, Muslim, and Sikh communities. Therefore, in this installation, I gesture towards the presence and role of water with a minimalist sound installation that comprises of the sounds of rain, running feet, and a body falling into water, playing in a loop.

Why 101 feet? In India, it is considered auspicious to make offerings of money in the amounts of 11, 21, 51, 101, 501 and so on in temples. Therefore, 101 feet is a symbolic number to make a memorial offering to the men and women who were brutalized in the Partition riots.