Name: Natasha Sumant
(Tentative) Title : Being in transit (or the Suitcase Syndrome).
Reading/Refernce: Appadurai, Jhumpa Lahiri (The Namesake) and Mira Nair films.
Thesis form :Graphic book thingi (yet to be clearly defined/determined)
Locality is supposedly a contextual and relational concept rather than a spatical or scalar concept. As someone who travels a lot, and have had my parents move every two years to different countries and cities and neighbourhoods, the concept of locality is not limited to something that is spatial or scalar but something a littlle more cultural and manifests itself in traditions, colloqiualisms, consumption patterns and designed objects. (to name a few). The conundrum I find myself in a lot of times is identifiying with a particular type or locality or local culture. My imagined locality consists of a number of different customs,mannerisms, colliquialisms, interests and designed objects (things you buy), and yet even though I have a very specific idea of locality (and thus the idea of home) in my mind, I still manage to find people I relate to, make friends with and eventually they become my adapted family and locality (like my friends in college and boarding school). My final project will attempt to be a booklet that shows various aspects of my imagined locality and how it might over lap with the imagined localities of my friends. My project will reference and be inspired by the ideas expressed in Appadurai’s writings about “The Production of Locality” and also the stories of Jhumpa Lahiri.