Go West (Bhabhi), 2006
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I want a photograph to become denser, more complex, and in the Go West collages I use family snapshots, favorite music, mother's embroidery, prints of palm trees and champa flowers from Mumbai streets, as well as photographs of temples and monuments visited on family trips, including my first visit abroad. I use my fingers, palms, knuckles and arms to grab, place, hold, nudge, jog, sweep, and shake the different components of the photomontage. The discordant friction between the separate bits of the montage, and the moments when the seams dissolve and the juxtaposed bits come together are equally desirable.