An artistic project of making archival research visible
Acrylic on Canvas by Sonal Mithal
While making a design intervention for a historical site, revealing the site’s palimpsest-ic quality is one of the basic agendas of my recent research-based design approach. Simply put, it means to design a historical site in such a manner that its various layers are revealed to the visitor in an experiential way. The visitor may not experience all the layers at once, maybe he/she experiences a glimpse of it at some place, another glimpse of another layer somewhere else, or many layers condensed into an in-comprehensive jumble somewhere else.
These illustrations in acrylic on canvas are created by emulating the processes that make a palimpsest by stacking images of maps, historical photos, text, and newspaper cuttings. The site chosen for this project is Hazratganj, Lucknow.