Achia Anzi


New Delhi

Anzi drilled holes into the floors and walls resembling secret routes of transit. Shooting out of a void around the stairwell is a 20-foot brick kiln chimney that ends just short of the ceiling. It creates an air of claustrophobia and brings to mind the brick industry that leaches the land of its fertility.
The exhibition can be described as a laboratory of sorts where Anzi has experimented with various objects, like the kiln, the disused parking meter, an excavated gas marker and a large rectangular structure that hangs in the centre of one of the rooms. Meanwhile outside in the garden, metal rods ‘grow’ in a patch of overturned earth, replacing the fields of wheat, rice and barley that are usually cultivated on agrarian pastures. Through this work Anzi addresses the tug between settled and developed cities and the rural life of agrarian society.