Body Building

September 12–December 14 2019

Body Building includes over ninety works by artists from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and France. As the play on words within the title suggests, the exhibition explores South Asian identities and perspectives in the context of architecture and the built environment. Significant bodies of work by each individual practitioner come together in this exhibition, reflecting the multiplicity of urban experiences across cities in South Asia. Increasing urbanization and property development across the region is reconsidered alongside the aspirations and challenges that accompany these economic transformations.

Works have also been selected particularly because they resonate with the South Asian experience in the Gulf, particularly how our cities continue to influence each other, even as they reflect life in Islamabad, Delhi or Colombo. Works include representational images such as portraiture, landscape and studio photography, archival materials, and more experimental forms such as collage and Instagram video.


Abdul Halik Azeez

Pablo Bartholomew


Arthur Crestani

Rajyashri Goody

Madan Mahatta

Umber Majeed

Zahra Malkani & Shahana Rajani

Pramodh Pati

C.K. Rajan

Ram Rahman

Gigi Scaria

Dayanita Singh

Randhir Singh

Vivek Vilasini

Vasantha Yogananthan

Vasantha Yogananthan, Mareecha Magic Trick 2018, Black and white c-print, hand painted by Jaykumar Shankar, 16.5x13.5 in, Edition of 7+1AP. Collection of Anju and Atul Dodiya, image courtesy of the artist and Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai