deer park

This series of photographs documents the animals of Deer Park in AE Block, Saltlake, Kolkata. This suburb is one of the only planned neighborhoods in the city, with plots of land alloted as block parks. While this region of the city was previously said to have flocks of deer on it, the suburban park poses as a simulacral space occupied by mass produced representations of the ‘natural’ world it replaces. Many decades later, these animal sculptures lie ruined, vandalized and uncared for, further augmenting the state of the wild life they reference.