Living Heritage

ODAP pic

Drawings from Al Asmakh and Msheireb from 2012-15 on display as part of a one-day pop up event developed by the Old Doha Architecture Prize winners.

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Residency in Baroda, Gujarat 2015

The residency was developed with friends and curators Amit Jain and Pratiti Shah at the Blueprint.12 studios in Baroda, 12 Sep – 10 Oct 2015. A special thanks to Abijan Toto Gupta for hosting me in Baroda, and to all the artists at the Blueprint.12 studios for their warm hospitality and for the opportunity to see their work.

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Sketchbook pages, Gujarat 2015

Whilst using the studios in Baroda as a base, I explored various locations in Gujarat for research primarily into different aspects of the shipping industry in Gujarat, both historic and contemporary. Locations included the dhow shipyards in Mandvi, on the Rukmavati River, at which traditional wooden dhows are still constructed by hand, and the Alang ship recycling yards with the surrounding pop-up industries that have sprung up and sell every re-usable item salvaged from the ships, from portholes and life rafts to refrigerators and propellors. I also had the opportunity to explore the modernist and historic architecture in and around Ahmedabad, which included Le Corbusier’s Villa Shodan, Louis Khan’s Indian Institute of Management (IIM), and the Adalaj and Ran Ki Vav step wells.

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Traditional dhow under construction, Mandvi 2015

As part of the residency I gave public talks at Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda and also at Veer Narmad South Gujarat University in Surat (below), with a live drawing demo. A huge thank-you to the faculties and students for the opportunity and warm reception.

India talks

 

The Grey sequence frames

Recent drawings from an assignment for an online animation portfolio development course at CalArts, sponsored by dfi. The drawings are of stills from a film titled The Grey, with Liam Neeson, and are studies of the cinematic composition, colour & lighting in the film.

Kochi Biennale 2014

Drawing/screenprint of abandoned dhows on the beach in Al Wakrah, Qatar, featured in the Reading Room, curated by Amit Jain, at the Kochi Biennale 2014, India.

Kochi Bienalle