Cyrk: Installation for the Launch of the Polish Institute, Delhi

The title of this installation refers to the Polish word for circus, which comes from the Greek word, kirkos which means to turn or bend. The title is used here as a metaphor of how polish poster designers bend our mind through their use of shadows, juxtapositions, parodies and other "tricks”. They manage to bring out subtle details of the subject — and enable us to see the unseen and to perceive the imperceptible!

This installation has been made in honor of the Polish Poster designers especially the great Henryk Tomaszewski, who would have been a 100 last year.
Tomaszewski is credited with starting the Polish Poster School in the 1950s which combined the aesthetics of painting with the succinctness and simple metaphor of the poster.

The installation is a deconstruction of the traditional tent, it has elements from both European and Indian
architecture such as the Gothic and the Indo-Saracenic arch.

Installation structure designed by Architect Vijay Káte

We took Polish posters and transformed them into a 3D Poster that you can walk into. In some cases, we also used Indian motifs and patterns to create interest. The “archetype” is an arch made out of typography taken from Polish posters across time.

Many of the panels of the installation were painstakingly embroidered and appliquéd by Shubangini Singh’s Studio. In some cases she added subtle touches like sequins and embroidered lines.

This installation was made possible with the help of the team at Ishan Khosla Design, architect Vijay Kate and textile designer Shubhangini Singh.
The process of creating the installation can be itself likened that to a circus — since the three designers had to "juggle" various aspects and challenge themselves to think in different ways.