Rupali Gupte & Prasad Shetty, Mumbai

Rupali Gupte and Prasad Shetty are architects, artists and urbanists based in Mumbai. Their conceptual journey has moved from an urge of mapping cities and developing corrective interventions, to looking closely at urban conditions, formulating newer ways to speak about them, and developing engagements to live and find delight in them. Their work often crosses disciplinary boundaries and takes different forms – writings, drawings, mixed-media works, storytelling, teaching, conversations, walks and spatial interventions. They have a wide range of publications and have worked, taught and lectured across the world. Some of their joint works include Multifarious Nows (2007) shown at Manifesta 7 at Bolzano, a multi-media map of the textile mill lands in Bombay and Studies of Housing Types in Mumbai (2007) produced for the Urban Age initiative of London School of Economics, a compilation of twenty-one housing typologies in Bombay with narratives on the contexts of their production, Being Nicely Messy (2012) a proposition for the future of Urban Mobility shown in Istanbul for the Audi Urban Future Initiatives, Gurgaon Glossaries (2013) a methodology to read cities, shown at Sarai 09 Delhi, Mumbai Art Room and the Sao Paolo Architecture Biennale and Transactional Objects (2015) an installation that is both – a way of reading cities and a projection, shown at the 56th Venice Art Biennale, R and R a library and community centre built in a rehabilitation colony in Mankhurd (2016), Spatial design for the Shanghai Biennale (2016) and Systems and Madness, an installation at the Seoul Biennale (2017) amongst other works.


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