Karail

Karail, 2016–17
Video installation

Karail Basti is a self-organized settlement in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Often falsely attributed as a slum and portrayed as such, the Bengali word “basti” translates to “settlement” in English. The video installation Karail, presented as part of the artist’s master of arts thesis in spatial strategies at Weissensee School of Art (July 2017), explores everyday life in the settlement and interrogates multiple aspects of its representation. Everyday life is filtered through three differentiated interfaces: a projected video shows a methodical walk-through of Karail, a CRT video monitor displays intimate details at full scale, and a smartphone screen tracks the camera’s movement on an original map made by Karail’s inhabitants.