No body’s walls

The photo-series of spit is ‘collected’ specifically from different locations and streets. However, the irony is that though one tends to think that they are everywhere, it is specified to a defined attitude. Chewing pan as a habit is, perhaps, incomplete without this act of spitting on the wall.

These visuals are found on the corner walls, which are taken as sites, granted for such accumulations. Often, to avoid such spitting, tile-images of Gods of various religions (like Hindu, Muslim, Christian and Sikh) or religious signs are written on the wall–an irony of using religion to attain cleanliness. Though it forms a pattern, reminiscent of the abstractionists and minimalists, the apathy involved in the act, interestingly, seems to re-negotiate one’s feelings for those artistic period in an unusually tangential way. In other words, the spitting becomes reminiscent of a great societal and creative marks of twentieth century, though it is close to graffiti in other terms. While graffiti is a public display of private desires and doubts, spitting is a public accident of the one who refutes to be a part of a human chain called as the ‘public’. These spitting marks remind the likes of blood-stains on the walls, reminiscent of genocides, mass murder in the name of ideologies and point-blank shootings. On a larger vista, these marks are the document of the loss of human trust: you don’t spit on anything if that thing (a) holds any value, and (b) holds value to you. It is always the ‘others’ wall that one spits upon. Visually and visible, it is reminiscent of the blood-bath history of twentieth century and action painting. The violent gesture (not violence itself) involved in its occurrence, is a matter of modified public human actions. Spit reminds us, once again, that the notion of ‘one’s own space’ is in constant jeopardy. Spit tells that the one/many who created it, do not belong to the place anymore. Diaspora, migration, boredom and apathy towards each other—are the hall’marks’ that are reasons for the emergence of such blood-stained marks like the spittings.