Aaron Aujla

Library Desk at The Punjab University
Visible 24/7 through the window at 95 Orchard Street

June 15–July 27 2016

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Aaron Aujla, Library Desk at The Punjab University, 2016, industrially-produced fiber carpet samples, handmade carpeting by Textile Arts Center fiber artisans, MDF desk, 72h x 36w x 29d in.

Installation view, Aaron Aujla: Library Desk at the Punjab University, Magenta Plains, New York, NY, 2016

Installation view, Aaron Aujla: Library Desk at the Punjab University, Magenta Plains, New York, NY, 2016

Aaron Aujla, Queenstown Amherst, 2014, industrially-produced fiber carpet, handmade segment by Textile Arts Center fiber artisans, wood panel and plexiglass, 55h x 37w x 3.25d in.

In the 1920's, Mahatma Gandhi initiates a home-spun textile movement teaching Indians self-reliance leading to an extrication from Britain's imposed cloth and garment trade.

In 1947, India gains independence.

In 1951, Prime Minister Nehru assigns Le Corbusier to prepare a master plan for Chandigarh, the new capital of Punjab, as a symbol for a modern India. Included in the plan are the House of Parliament and a new state college.

In 1956, a teak desk designed by Pierre Jeanneret is placed in the middle of the Punjab University Library.

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