NOUVEAU RICHE | 2009
For their Berlin exhibition, T&T have produced a suite of works entitled “Nouveau Riche.” The focus is on the postmodern architectural style that can be found throughout India and is commonly referred to as “Punjabi Baroque.” Vulgar and ostentatious, confused and desperately misguided, the style has been propagated by builders without the assistance of architects, reflecting the jumble of sensibilities that come together to create the new exploding middle-class of India. T&T pump up the volume to turn these suburban homes into surrealist castles, sugar coated and floating on clouds of flowers. In paintings and sculptures, they explore this aesthetic of the proudly bastardized, the boisterous Mamma’s boys who pretend to be gangsters, the teenage farmers who dream of making it big in Bollywood.
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