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Ghar/घर by Javed Iqbal

Address: Studio X Mumbai, 4th floor, Kitab Mahal, DN Road, Fort, Bombay: 400001
Preview: September 13, from 6.30 to 9 pm
Dates: September 14-28, 2012
Timings: Monday-Friday 10am-6pm; Saturday 11am-5pm. Closed on Sundays and public holidays
Walkthrough with artist: September 18, 2012, 6 pm onwards


In January 2009, Javed Iqbal first encountered the hidden picture of displacement in rural and adivasi India when he witnessed the State-Maoist civil war in Dantewada, Chhattisgarh. From that moment on Javed has been investigating the scorching politics of displacement.

From the connivance of Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) in Mumbai to the underhanded ways of the Forest Department in Chhattisgarh, Javed has monitored the changing motivations and landscapes of displacement routines unfurled under the Indian state’s flying banner of development. Javed’s life continues to be scheduled around demolitions, protests and potential displacements that he chooses to investigate.

One can’t help but wonder: Is Javed a reporter first and photojournalist second, or vice versa? The matter is easily resolved when Javed introduces himself: reporter and photojournalist. But photography is not Javed’s second language as it were. On the contrary, he is fluently and assertively bilingual; no halting anxieties impede him. He photographs what he sees, and sometimes that’s enough.

– Gitanjali Dang


About the artist: A photographer and journalist Javed Iqbal has reported on tribal issues in Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. He has also documented housing struggles in Mumbai. More about Javed’s work can be found on his blog moonchasing. Twitter handle: @DynamiteTheMoon


Supported by Studio X Mumbai


Captions/ Details: Clockwise from featured image
I) Javed Iqbal, The third demolition drive at Bombay’s Golibar slum was undertaken despite High Court orders asking the chief promoters of the Slum Rehabilitation Project to be chargesheeted, 2011
II) Javed Iqbal, In May 2012, Bombay’s Golibar slum witnessed its fifth demolition drive even as the matter to settle the demolition dispute still remains in the High Court. Golibar is the largest ongoing slum rehabilitation project in Bombay, 2012
III – V) Installation view (Detail). Credit: Studio X Mumbai
VI) Video documentation of artist’s walkthrough. Credit: Studio X Mumbai