architecture during partition
film analysis + visual rendering
Adobe Illustrator + film stills + Google Maps
An expansion on a thesis written for a History of Indian Partition history course at McGill University. Finding architectural plans of Fathepur Sikri in a book at the library one winter day I was tempted to return to my film analysis of Garam Hawa (directed by M. S. Sathyu) and complete it with visuals. Below is a complimentary excerpt from the essay:
« The ‘seclusion by avoidance’ and ‘seclusion by distance’ through which women were contained within the private realm is evident when looking at a social history of Indian architecture. The climate and importance of nurturing the joint family system allowed for a polyvalent and undifferentiated usage of internal space [...] The house was not a symbol of status or prestige but a kind of fortress within which the family withdrew into its seclusion. This element of seclusion became even more essential in urban spaces, as the sprawling orchards were replaced by ‘the cramped homes of the democratic and independent India’ 1 »
1: V.S. Pramar, A Social History of Indian Architecture (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2005), 63.