The Attestation [Die Beglaubigung] is an animated photographic series that shows the busy activity around the police station in Chandigarh, India. Because of the partition of India and the establishment of the state of Pakistan, Chandigarh was conceived as a planned city according to ideas of Western modernism. The master plan for the new capital of the Punjab and Haryana, and its most prominent buildings, come from the architect Le Corbusier. Also involved in the planning and realisation – which still continues today – were Pierre Jeanneret, Maxwell Fry and his wife, Jane Drew, and the Indian architects M. N. Sharma and Aditya Prakash.
In the animated photographic series The Attestation and “Hidden Agenda” – “Round and About” (2012–2014), Moira Zoitl is not so much concerned with Chandigarh’s individual architectural ensembles as with its basic urban structure. This is divided into sectors, which are used in specific ways by the city’s inhabitants. Noticeable is the spaciousness of the individual sectors, which are laid out as a grid, and their division into so-called unmixed zones for residence, teaching, commercial activity or work. In sector number 17 there are numerous shopping facilities, a cinema, the inner-city bus station and the police station, which stands on a large square and is surrounded by arcades. The Attestation shows the numerous notaries and lawyers crowding the arcades to offer their services. Likewise, in Caneletto’s painting Campo di Rialto, legal and banking business was conducted in the open air under the Porticato del Banco Giro – a pillared arcade – in 1760. Legal services are offered in both places like a commodity on a marketplace. Potential customers can come at any time and submit their requirements.