Aaron Aujla’s exhibition presents a single artwork made of three elements: a MDF re-construction of the Jeanneret desk, industrially manufactured carpet swatches made in present-day India, and handmade facsimiles of the carpeting by fiber artisans from the Textile Arts Center.
In the 1920’s, Mahatma Gandhi initiates a home-spun textile movement teaching Indians self-reliance leading to an extrication from Britain’s imposed cloth and garment trade.
In 1947, India gains independence.
In 1951, Prime Minister Nehru assigns Le Corbusier to prepare a master plan for Chandigarh, the new capital of Punjab, as a symbol for a modern India. Included in the plan are the House of Parliament and a new state college.
In 1956, a teak desk designed by Pierre Jeanneret is placed in the middle of the Punjab University Library.