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Delhi Commons

The Commonwealth Games 2010 took place in New Delhi from 3 to 14 October 2010, bringing rapid social transformation to the city. The preparations involved redevelopment of the Yamuna river floodplain, demolition of neighborhoods, and a surge in migration. However, the event faced numerous structural failures, highlighting the disconnect between the envisioned and lived experiences.

In response to this, Delhi Commons, a public art project, sought to capture memories of the Commonwealth Games and the city's changes through photographs, postcards, and souvenirs. The project aimed to engage people in discussions surrounding urban transformations and become a part of the discourse on these changes.

Delhi Commons stands as an online initiative, an artistic response to the immense infrastructural and social shifts triggered by the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

The project supported by Arts Network Asia [ANA] consists of postcard memes, photographs and souvenir badges, solicited through an open call. 


The Project was realised at the Sarai Media Lab, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi.

View the art work contributions here.


Aliya Pabani | Anand Vivek Taneja | Anonymous | Amitabh Kumar | Ashim Sunam | Bhagwati Prasad | Bhole Vishwakarma | Chandan Sharma | Deepankar Gohain | Dhrupadi Ghosh | Gaigongmei Gangmei | Gaurav Sharma | Goutam Ghosh | Ikroop Sandhu | Iram Ghufran | Inder Salim | Javed Sultan | John Zaviers | Jyoti Singh | Kavita Singh Kale | Khadeeja Arif | Maithila Baindhur | Megha Joshi | Mitoo Das | Mrityunjay Chatterjee | Niha Masih | Pradip Saha | Priya Sen | Rabia Qureshi | Rakesh Khairalia | Rakesh Kumar | Ranjani Chatterjee | Raghu Karnad | Rashmi Sadana & Vivek Narayanan | Ridhima Jaiswal Shaily Gupta | Shrimoyee Nandini Ghosh and collaborators | Shubh Upadhyay | Siddhartha Kararwal | Sushmita Kashyap | Tanya Goel | Varsha Nair | Vishwajyoti Ghosh |


Eva Wildhardt (2011). Games Media Play! Role and Effects of Media Events in Emerging Information Societies: The Commonwealth Games 2010 in Delhi. Master Thesis (pp 61-65). Humboldt University of Berlin.

Iram Ghufran (2015). Delhi Commons: A Public Art Project on the Commonwealth Games. In Supriya Chaudhuri & Poonam Trivedi (Eds.). Fields of Play: Sport, Literature and Culture. Orient Blackswan.

Richa Bhatia (2010). Game and Set. The Indian Express.

Shivendra Singh Chauhan (2010). On Social Media, The Game Is On. Times of India

Subir Ghosh (2010). Delhi Commons: An art project that would be all about memory.  Write2Kill.

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