Am Khas Bagh
This will probably be the site that we will use for our interactive installation. It is a beautiful space worn down by time, with multiple historical layers, one of the great Sarais of the GT Road where the emperor would stop for a few days or weeks when travelling between Lahore and Delhi and all the travellers of the long journey would be offered food and shelter for the night. There are a lot of people passing their time here during the day but the lack of historical (or any other) information together with the strong association of the place with the tragic killing of Guru Gobind Singh’s sons and the general state of neglect, has left the buildings crumbling.
We had a long discussion about the graffiti on the walls that some of us interpreted as an acknowledgement of the space’s importance (you decide to leave your mark somewhere that is significant to you) however this arbitrary interaction to the already vulnerable set of building has disastrous effects and we would like to find ways to engage the community towards it’s maintenance and protection.