Garden City is the bygone name of Bangalore, one of the fastest growing cities in India and in the world. In just a few decades, the city has been transforming from a cozy, exceptionally green city – famous for its parks and blooming alleys – into a vibrant mega city – famous for its IT industry and burning lakes. Overpopulation, corruption and a lack of city planning drastically changed the city’s appearance and the life for its citizens. Massive construction sites have driven out vital water reservoirs and wetlands, causing drought, flooding and temperature increase. While the city is sprawling in all directions, it is losing its green heritage.
Garden City, to me, is also a metaphor. It is the juxtaposition of the organic and the concrete. There is no city without nature, no human life without trees, plants and green spaces. Access to nature is a profound need and longing of every human being: potted flowers are cultivated by the poorest, they can be found in slums as well as in refugee camps. The relationship between humans and nature is quite complex. We use, nurture and abuse it, whether for decoration, profit, negligence or simply for survival.
In this work, I focussed on details and aspects that are very characteristic of Bangalore, but are still universal for urban landscapes around the world – and do not immediately perpetuate the common stereotypes of India. Photographs of the urban nature are contrasted by construction workers, the modern gardeners of Garden City
Supported by Goethe-Institut Max Mueller Bhavan Bangalore
Artist booklet, soft cover, 23,5 × 33 cm
Pigment prints, different sizes