Mumbai is Upgrading – The Exhibition

Curatorial Note

Mumbai is Upgrading: three words that have become ubiquitous across the landscape of the Maximum City. They not only represent mega infrastructure projects but also inherently promise the benefits of development, a perpetual theme through each of the last few centuries.

Today, as Mumbai’s urban identity is in flux, many buildings and forgotten spaces stand to be repurposed. Our urban heritage only features loosely and selectively in the official narrative of development.

Artists Aaran Patel and Jeff Nelson have used photographs of a few of these spaces as base layers for digital artworks that seek to conserve elements of the past and develop a landscape of parallel existence.

Aaran Patel and Jeff Nelson
July 2019


See the artworks in person this weekend!

Mumbai is Upgrading – The Exhibition
Morning Stroll | Shakti Mills
Mumbai is Upgrading – The Exhibition
Epiphytic Encroachment | Shakti Mills
Mumbai is Upgrading – The Exhibition
Concrete Jazz | Shakti Mills
Mumbai is Upgrading – The Exhibition
Archaic Trace | Shakti Mills
Mumbai is Upgrading – The Exhibition
Another Ruptured Dimension | Shakti Mills
Mumbai is Upgrading – The Exhibition
Fortified Future | Mahim Fort
Mumbai is Upgrading – The Exhibition
Repeat Pattern | Shakti Mills
Mumbai is Upgrading – The Exhibition
Nu-Breed Monument | Mahim Fort
Mumbai is Upgrading – The Exhibition
Illusory Optics | Lawrence and Mayo Building DN Road
Mumbai is Upgrading – The Exhibition
A Curious Excursion (1) | Sewri
Mumbai is Upgrading – The Exhibition
Rearranged and Repurposed | Cotton Green
Mumbai is Upgrading – The Exhibition
Learning Curve | Sewri Fort
Mumbai is Upgrading – The Exhibition
Adaptive Selection | Sewri
Mumbai is Upgrading – The Exhibition
Refurbished Leftovers | Sewri Fort
Mumbai is Upgrading – The Exhibition
A Curious Excursion (2) | Sewri
Mumbai is Upgrading – The Exhibition
Business Trips | Cotton Green
Mumbai is Upgrading – The Exhibition
Stacked Flow | Watson’s Hotel
Mumbai is Upgrading – The Exhibition
Lucky Copy Center | Watson’s Hotel
Mumbai is Upgrading – The Exhibition
Wasted Watson’s | Watson’s Hotel
Mumbai is Upgrading – The Exhibition
Slow Outburst | Watson’s Hotel

The 20 artworks are printed on Hahnemuhle Photo Matt archival paper in limited edition series of 10 each size 12×18.
Each print is priced at ₹ 2,500 + GST.

All rights reserved by Aaran Patel and Jeff Nelson. No part of this publication can be reproduced, transmitted, or stored in a retrieval system in any form or by any means, without permission in writing from the artists.

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