Jyoti Dhar

  •   Asim Waqif, Puzzle for a Future Archaeologist, 2015–16, personal and found objects, polyeurethane foam. Installation view. Photo: Chandan Ahuja.

    Asim Waqif

    For those of us who call New Delhi home, dystopia can be a lived rather than imagined condition; societal ills range from constant attacks on civil liberties under the current right-wing Hindu nationalist government to disease-inducing levels of air and water pollution. Many artists respond to this toxic state of affairs through politics—organizing and attending protests, writing petitions and opinion pieces like their fellow citizens. Though their work often engages with political content, these artists rarely employ overt activist methodologies. Particularly among the younger generation,