Living Objects. Made for India is an exhibition at Belgium’s Grand Hornu by designers Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien. The focus is on objects, whether crafted or designed, that are used as part of everyday life in India. Although, in a country of great contradictions, ‘everyday life’ can mean very different things to different people.
The objects, which are intended to reflect India’s diverse culture and material environment, have been picked from markets, shops and the designers’ own collections. They are categorized into series such as shrine offerings, stationery, dressing accessories and tools for cooking, eating and bathing. But rather than a factual inventory, the selections are an offer to discover how the industrial co-exists with the crafted and the handmade in India, and the art of object improvisation and customisation.
Living Objects. Made for India is at Grand-Hornu Images, Rue Sainte-Louise 82, B - 7301 Hornu until 16 February 2014.
Photos Serge Anton