24″ x 24″ Acrylic on canvas

This artistic project of making palimpsest-ic paintings combines different kinds of materials from archival research such as texts, maps, and photographs. The aim of this project is also to bring literal visibility to archival research, which otherwise gets hidden away in books or reports. These illustrations represent archival research on the maritime history, architectural history, and trade history of Surat and Surat Castle over a period of past 600 years. The project is an outcome of research carried out at People for Heritage Concern for the restoration of the Surat Castle, and also for creating interpretive material which forms the core content of exhibition panels—to be displayed permanently at the Surat Castle.