The inhuman face of the casteist urban Indian society was clearly visible in the scenes of the migrant workers walking hundreds of kilometres; some dying on the way and some starving along the way after the lockdown was announced by the government. A humanitarian crisis occurred and it lay bare the inhuman character of urban India. With jobs and activities shut down the labourers were no more needed in the urban metropolis. Their unproductive bodies were a burden now. The state and the society; particularly the urban dwellers proved that they have no relation with these labourers other than purchasing their sweat. The urban elites disowned the very people who built the city and kept it functioning. The relation between the workers and the others in the society is reduced to the economical transaction that a body produces while doing a job. This complete alienation of the laboring body and what it produces is what characterizes our capitalist order. The numerical understanding of the society undermines the humane stories of the alive beings.
“Pasina” (sweat) tries to understand these bodily secretions as a process of the systemic casteist patriarchal exploitation of a living labouring body. The representations in this show talks of various ways the body wrestles with its own self to liberate and assert its denied humanity. Labour exploitation is a systemic virus that’s entrenched deep inside our social psyche which needs to be fought with sustained and committed attempts of annihilation.
The Dark City
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