Description: 13 black & white fabric banners, 72 x 85 inches, to be back lit in window
In/Visible: Porters of Taste. Photography Series (installation film)
“To fill our bellies, we look for work outside. Our fields no longer provide a livable life,” says a paladār (spice porter) on a hot and humid pre-monsoon Sunday in June.
Gadodia Market is the nerve center of Asia’s largest spice market, located in Khari Baoli, Old Delhi. It is where many migrant porters work and live. Most are farmers, descendants from a long line of agriculturalists. No longer able to make ends meet, they trek to Old Delhi, following the trail of family members in search of jobs. The men, whether newly dislocated youth or longtime porters, come from Bihar, Kashmir, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and Nepal and merge in the market. They haul spices, seeds, and herbs in and out of the building. Separated from family, they create community out of necessity.