Architect and author Kaiwan Mehta, whose most recent work was titled Alice in Bhuleshwar: Navigating a Mumbai Neighbourhood (2009), is now inviting viewers to see the photographs and research text that he accumulated while working on his next book, Desires in a Dialectic Fairyland: the Life and Times of Cities, as part of an exhibition at the Guild Art Gallery, Colaba.
“The book is a traveller’s story of reexamining my home city, Mumbai, after visiting several other cities in the world; mainly in Europe and the UAE,” says Mehta.
Accordingly, on display are photographs taken across Mumbai, and of architectural monuments from across Europe and the Arab Emirates.
Also on display are pictures and research text from Mehta’s work on Alice in Bhuleshwar, which documents the architectural and social history of that area in South Mumbai.
Mehta, a graduate of Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture, Andheri, has spent the past 12 years conducting extensive research on the architecture of Mumbai and its several communities.
As a part of the ongoing exhibition, film director Kiran Rao, curators Ranjit Hoskote and Nancy Adajania, architect Mustansir Dalvi and artist Shilpa Gupta will also engage with viewers, reading cultural texts and holding discussions on topics such as society, architecture and culture.