INFINITELY TRAPPED

Approx 70x70cm squared cube 

Glass and acrylic mirrors, MDF, wooden bars and LED lights

2019

Technical Skills Involved: Wood building, Mirror Installation, Light Installation, Documentation. 

Looking at the protests, violence and backfires during the British Raj in India, I came across a particular event that shook me to my core. The Jallianwala Bagh incident that occurred on April 13, 1919. It proved to be the turning point in the freedom struggle, and signified the beginning of the end of the British Empire in India. 1000's of Indians had gathered at the Bagh to celebrate the festival of Baisakhi and peacefully protest against the Raj. It wasn't received well by the government and General Dyer, blocking the only entrance to the Bagh, fired shots at the crowd aimlessly. Everyone was trapped and the only way out was to give their life to the freedom of the nation. 

I made this infinity box with only one point of vision to replicate the feeling of being trapped, to make the viewer feel the way the people who were trapped at the Bagh with only one exit felt. 

In the remembrance of those who died, an eternal fire was started which still burns at the Jallianwala Bagh and in the soul of every Indian.