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.
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.
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.