“Calibrating caste” 2008
Acrylic on wood
Inspired by a late 19th century photograph of British preoccupations of categorizing and labeling their ‘discoveries’ Calibrating caste is a dig at their attempt to demonstrate the link between race and caste. The British always prided themselves on being empirical and scientific with their instruments. They would measure the physiognomy, especially the skull of various castes and races in India, categorizing them accordingly. The artist exposes the hidden agenda in such empirical acts, for such data was often used to intimidate and prove inferior the castes that were already oppressed by feudal forces.