Body Building

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. 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. Artists featured in the exhibition include Abdul Halik Azeez, Pablo Bartholomew, CAMP, Arthur Crestani, Rajyashri Goody, Madan Mahatta, Umber Majeed, Zahra Malkani and Shahana Rajani, Ram Rahman, Randhir Singh, and Vasantha Yogananthan. These are accompanied by works from the Prabhakar collection by the artists C.K. Rajan, Gigi Scaria, Dayanita Singh and Vivek Vilasini. The exhibition also includes vintage films by the experimental director Pramod Pati.

Ishara Art Foundation is presented in partnership with Alserkal Avenue.