This project aims at illuminating the strangely pure, almost dystopian quality of Peenya’s industrial area by contrasting it against the kind of imagery one often associates with the notion of ‘development’. In the form of a 2D layered miniature diorama, Ruchika Nambiar weaves a whimsical dystopian narrative around Peenya and its role in building the city we live in. The scenes in the diorama draw from and exaggerate Peenya’s existing landscape while contrasting it against scenes that draw from the imagery in commercial advertisements. It hopes to question what development means to us and attempts to present the imagery we attach to it in a way that makes it seem alien.
Ruchika Nambiar’s practice focuses on framing and conveying ideas through the use of narrative as a subtle tool of persuasion as well as a tool for packaging large amounts of detail. Her projects often incorporate whimsy and playfulness in an attempt to ease her audience into a space where they are more receptive to new ideas. While her ideas are often expressed in the context of personal experiences and stories, the larger themes they explore are connected to her interests in socio-cultural evolution and human behaviour. Her work involves book making, creative writing, image making and illustration, graphic design and occasionally diorama-making.
Initially this project was to take the form of a 3D diorama. She iterated upon different methods of creating miniatures, primarily using printed and lasercut pieces to be assembled into 3D forms and using a host of miscellaneous materials for inorganic elements. Her process then shifted to creating a composite image digitally to narrate her story. She composed two images that would be assembled back to back in an aquarium-like display case to convey her ideas around a dystopian Peenya.