'Thresholds of India'
Following the Indian tradition where spaces of transition are invested with symbols of identity, welcome, protection and auspiciousness, the 'Thresholds of India' - an enormous sculptural tableau running through the terminal like a curvilinear spine - inducts visitors into India's plural cultural legacy, living traditions and contemporary artistic expression.
Over the period of a year, some 5000 artifacts were sourced from across the country - from junkyards, curio shops, homes of craftspeople, roadside vendors and private collections. Ranging from the carved facades of mansions to bullock carts, temple chariots that carried processions of idols to toy cars, the collection spans the palatial and humble everyday objects, artifacts invested with spiritual meaning and those that acquire value through usage. Each artifact speaks for a particular place, period and people or expresses a fine combination of form, material and skill. Every artifact, an alphabet, which when placed with others, began composing themselves into sentences and eventually into stories.
Thresholds of India also serves as a unique platform where these objects and the skills of artisans working in traditional idioms are given contemporary relevance through design-led interventions. Juxtaposed with the works of some of the finest of India's contemporary artists and emerging creative professionals, we tell a story of a country that lives in multiple centuries at once, where past, present and future are reinterpreted through six thematic compositions.