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Shahid Datawala

Shadowboxing
 
With Shadowboxing Shahid Datawala finds himself delving into the pith of Bombay’s schizophrenic architectural agglomerations. In this suite, he binds the unrehearsed  melancholy of modern ruins with the girth of the much-accessorised, nouveau riche building projects. With this juxtaposition he decidedly  sidesteps the clutches of impecunious nostalgia and barrels straight into the terrain  of hauntology.
 
The term hauntology was first encountered in Jacques Derrida’s Specters of Marx:  The State of the Debt, the Work of Mourning & the New International (1993). Since,  it has been contacted variously, and like any well-mannered noun it has allowed  itself to be subsumed in numerous proceedings. Hauntology implies a certain  redoubtable spectral presence, which preserves its incompleteness as something that can be returned to and/or reclaimed.
 
Datawala treats the phantom-like presence of these recent ruins or architectural  debris as a hauntological proposition that is steadying its jab in the sweltery wings and waiting to be recalled.