This wall is part of the “Mediocre” series. This mural is situated in the main entrance of the Greenways Train Station. It shows the portrait of Krishnaveni, an old lady that sleeps and lives right next to the wall.
This station is a very alive and particular place. It has train tracks which cross over a very polluted and dirty canal, a corner where alcoholics often hang out, a small temple directly on the side of the river and vendors along t>he street that sell food and flowers. It also forms the entrance to one of the slums, in which the wall is the first thing they see when they come out to the street. Even though this may seem like an ominous scenario, it is quite the opposite. In the week that I’ve been working here, I’ve learned that it’s a very charming and warm space where every person has clear and honest intentions.
This mural is not about poverty. Often in Chennai it’s traditional to paint the figures of politicians and actors in order to idealize them. This mural is about people and how we all share space and time. How we interact and coexist with each other. From the homeless, to people waiting to catch their train, to the taxi drivers that wait there for endless hours, to the kids coming and going to school on their way to catch the train to go back to their houses, to Krishnaveni, who passes her days sitting in the same corner and watching life pass by, apparently oblivious on the outside but quite present inside. It seems like they are all watching time pass through a different perspective, but with one common denominator: Greenways Station.