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Field Notes from Begumpura: Rahee Punyashloka

September 14-November 4, 2023

Pulp Society: 247, Pocket B, Okhla Phase I, Okhla Industrial Area, New Delhi, Delhi, India

Pulp Society presents Rahee Punyashloka’s debut solo exhibition in Delhi, Field Notes from Begumpura. 

In this series Punyashloka fashions himself as an ethnographer of Begumpura, literally, the city without sorrows, a utopian, casteless city imagined by Ravidas, the first utopia in South Asian history. The citizens of this city would no longer have to organize their limits around caste lines. Their life would be forged through an inherited legacy of anti-caste struggle, and abundant expression of the same would be found at every corner of this city.

Punyashloka’s work imagines him recording chronicles of its people and everyday life. The resulting ‘field notes’ are an attempt at inverting the field notes of colonial ethnographers which, aided by extant Brahmanical ideas around caste, provided blueprints for Dalit-Adivasi communities which shape how our communities are perceived and governed till today.

Find out more about the show here.