Original size: 90” x 340” Scaled reproduction: 14.5” x 56”
MumbaiProverbs by one of India’s most important contemporary artists is a significant work that creates a chronology of the city through an interesting memoryhistory rendering. Patwardhan, as someone who has persistently reviewed the urbanity of Mumbai through his artistic engagements, brings to us in this set of seven panels a material, labour, and work- culture history of the city. The labour that lives and works in the city is simultaneous with the labour of producing the city — the architecture and the spaces that make a city — Gothic buildings, railway stations, industries of goods, call centres, malls, and so on. A history of what has produced the city, and how the city has utilised as well as glamourised itself through architecture, emerges sharply in this body of work. The bodies of people live, travel, move, and work within these structures of glass and steel; these open and closed spaces, producing worlds of exhibition and interiority simultaneously.