Building Images
Building Images
  • Inroduction
  • Mansi Bhatt
  • Vrinda Seksaria


The course addresses the various ways of photographic expression over the years and the images of reproductions in art. While analysing images from both sides of the camera i.e. in front of the camera and behind the lens, other important photographic aspects like lighting and exposure, speed, framing and angle of view, colour versus black/white would be addressed.

Space making before actually framing it through the camera requires the making of surroundings, building it for a still that make its own story, character and location. Materiality and making of objects will go in stages towards experimenting at a ‘site’ and ‘non-site’ creating a storybook experience with the fake, make believe and real.

Students will develop a visual understanding of certainties related photographs and its making; the merging of found and the built forms in the images that play on a very fine line. An art of relativity – of creating realities for making photographic realities

At the end of the course, students will exhibit their photographic prints and make a photo-book that archives the entire workshop – the making of places and photographs along with the final photographic work.

The course opens up to the various ways of photographic expressions over the years and the images of reproductions in art. Analysing images from both sides of the camera, in front of camera and behind the lens, other important elements like lights and exposure, speed, colours & black/whites, making materials, will go in stages towards working at open and closed sites.

Spacing pictures before actually capturing it in camera that requires making of surroundings, building it for a still that make its own story and character and its location. The experiments will be at the outdoors and indoors both that may create a storybook experience with the fake, make believe and real.


Students will develop a visual understanding of certainties related photographs and its making, merging of found and the built forms in the images that plays on a very fine line.

Art of relativity

Creating Realities for making photographic realities


At the end of the course, student will form one album or a book that compiles all the works of making of the places, and photographs.

Course Format: Studio, Lectures and Field Work
Time Period: 10 days (preferably in first 15 days of May)
Number of Students: 20
Eligible Participants: Students of Art, Architecture, photography, film making, Media & Communication
Cost: Rs 15,000/- (not including material costs and conveyance)
Location: Mumbai

MANSI BHATT (b. 1975)

Address: 201, Nilima, Behibnd Ganesh Mandir, Odhavnagar, Borivali East, Mumbai-400066.

Contact: 00 91 9699 528 470

E Mail: bhattmansi26@gmail.com


2001 Fellowship, Sir J J School of Art, Mumbai, India

1995-2000 BFA in Painting, Sir J.J. School of Art, University of Mumbai, India

1993-95 Commercial art course at Kala Kendra college of Fine Art, Vallabh Vidhyanagar, Gujarat, India.

Solo Projects

2009 ‘A Suite’, Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai, India. The show got a nomination for The Skoda Prize 2010 in Top Twenty Indian Contemporary Artists,India

2007 ‘A Gallery’, ‘New Installation from India’, Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art, Pittsburgh, USA

2007 ‘Mattress Factory works’, Gallery Mirchandani+Steinrucke, Mumbai, India

2006 ‘Nynan Kismarra’, Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai, India

1998 ‘…and my mom says, I am not practical’, experimental show at Lalit Kala Bhavan, Ahmadabad, India.

Live Performances

2014 ‘No Moral Pornographic’, version of ‘No Moral ‘supported by Art Oxygen in collaboration with a media house at Times of India group, Carter Road Promenade, Bandra, Mumbai

2013 ‘No Moral’, ‘Power Play’ International public art project with Art Oxygen based on the concept of Energy, Carter Road Promenade, Bandra, Mumbai

2012 ‘Kalkinama’, Shanghai Biennale curated by Diana Campbell and Suzan Hapgood, Shanghai, China

2012 ‘Last Supper (after Yatra)’, live dinner table at ‘Trespassers Only’, Studio X, Mumbai

2012 ‘Bulldozer Yatra’, Travel through the city to Azad Maidan as a part of ‘Land of Mine’ project by Art Oxygen and Mohile Parikh center, Mumbai.

2010 ‘Unclaimed:…aur main chullu bhar pani me doob gayi (…and I died in handful of Water)’, Khoj International Artists Association, New Delhi

Selected Group Participation

2013 ‘Jugad’ curated by Diana Campbell and Susan hapgood, Mumbai Pavillion, Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, China

2011 ‘Prepellers’, curated by Kavitha Balakrishnawith, Art Chennai, Chennai

2010 ‘Changing Skin’ curated by Marta Jakimowicz with galleries Geetu Hinduja, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum, Mumbai

2010 ‘ID/entity’, based on the concept of Aadhar project curated by VidhyaShivdas, Vadehra Art gallery, New Delhi

2008 Spain Arco, Madrid with Chatterjee & Lal, Spain

2008 ‘Re-Claim/Re-cite/Re-Cycle’, Gallery Latitude 28, New Delhi and Bose Pacia, Kolkota

2008 Three Persons’ show with Chatterjee & Lal, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York, USA

2007 ‘Mumbai Metronomes’ curated by Bose Krishnamachari, Museum Gallery, Mumbai

2007 ‘1st Anniversary Show’, Gallery Mirchandani+Steinrucke, Mumbai


2014 Presently working for Vancouver Biennale, Vancouver, Canada

2013 Shortlisted by Khoj for Reso_3 at Fondazine Spainola per l’Arte, Italy

2011 Studio residency at Space 118, Mumbai

2010 Khoj International Artists Association, New Delhi, India

2007 Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art, Pittsburgh, USA

2005 Robert Wilson’s Byrd Hoffman Watermill Center, New York, USA

Teaching Experience

2013 present Part time faculty, Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies, Mumbai

2012 present Visiting faculty, NMIMS’s Balwant Seth School of Architecture, Mumbai

2011-13 Visiting Faculty, Whistling Woods International Institute for Films, Media, Animation and Media Arts, Mumbai

2011 Art workshops, Rachana Sansad College of Fine Arts, Mumbai

2008 Presentations and workshop series at Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies, Mumbai

2004-05 Independent workshop at National Institute of Fashion Technology, Mumbai and a workshop series at Sofia College of Applied Art, Mumbai

2001 Conducted a number of sessions at a private Business School, Sydney

2000-01 Program Coordinator for Visual Arts, Mohile Parikh Centre for Visual Arts and Architecture forum at National Center for Performing Arts, Mumbai

MANSI BHATT (b. 1975)

Address: 102 Park Residence, Upper Govindnagar, Malad (E), Mumbai 400 097, India

Contact:00 91 98199 88140

E Mail: vrindaseksaria@gmail.com


2010—2011 MA in Photography and Urban Cultures
Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR), Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

Dissertation Title: Architecture of Unmaking
Focus on the cultural archaeologies of urban space and the politics of architectural memory, construction, demolition and decay. The work extends my investigations of architecture, space, and urban environments through the interstitial space and time during the process of demolition. This inbetweenness of becoming is the aesthetic moment — the collapse of subject object and time space place in the architecture of unmaking.

2006 - 2007 Post-Graduate Diploma in Indian Aesthetics
Dept. of Philosophy, Mumbai University, India (now by Jnanapravaha)

1996 - 2006 Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch)
Faculty of Architecture, CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India

2002-2006 UG Research Thesis; Studio X

Title: The emergent structure of urban space, Bombay.
Simultaneity the reality of the city Vs. Abstraction of planning The aim of the thesis is to understand and explore the phenomenon of simultaneity and its significance in the city of Bombay. To understand the process from duality, to multiplicity and simultaneity; as broadly seen from the planned dual colonial city to the present form of Bombay. This is with a view to understand the evolutionary process through which simple categories based on binary oppositions pass into a schema of increasing complexity; And see how these impinge on the physical construct of the city. The phenomenon of simultaneity is understood as a simultaneous perception of different spatial locations.

2001 -2002 Sem 1 Final Year - Design Studio IX

Title: Under the Over
The project tries to find a potential for opportunity to reshape the urban centre in the extreme scales of lost space the site provides — from the small linear strips under flyovers (to adjoining derelict textile mill land).

2000 Summer Exchange Student, Swiss Federal Technical Institute - ETH, Zurich

1994 - 1996 HSC in Science, D.G.Ruparel College, Mumbai, India

1984 - 1994 ICSE, Arya Vidya Mandir School, Santacruz, Mumbai, India


July 2011 — Aug 2011 Volunteering at Zoom-In Photography and Chisenhale Gallery, London.

Apr 2010 - May 2010 Volunteering in teaching Photography at ‘Shelter at Dharavi’, URBZ, Mumbai.

May 2009 - Sep 2009 Senior Architect, Abha Narain Lambah Associates, Mumbai, India Conservation Architects and Historic Building Consultants

Oct 2006 - Nov 2008 Senior Architect, Serie Mumbai, India
Principal Architects — Christopher Lee & Kapil Gupta

Jan 2006 - Sept 2006 Free-Lancing

May 2004 - Dec 2005 Architect, Rajiv Saini & Associates, Mumbai, India

July 2000 - Aug 2000 Intern I Model-Maker, Soliman & Zurkirchen, Zurich, Switzerland. June 2000 Intern / Model-Maker, Rudolf Moser, Zurich, Switzerland

May 1999- Oct 1999 Intern, BijoyJain + Associates (now Studio Mumbai), Alibuag, India

Relevant Skills Gained:

Conceptual Design, Presentation Drawings, Design Development and Detailing to Construction Drawings. Site supervision; interaction with clients, consultants and contractors; Project Management and teamwork


Sept 20l4-Apr 2015 Photography Elective, First Year B.Arch.; AOA, Mumbai

Aug 2014 Photography and Everyday life, Photography Workshop, Second Year B.Arch.; AOA, Mumbai

July 2014 - Oct 2014 Urban Photography Elective, Fourth Year B.Arch.; BSSA, NMIMS, Mumbai

Jun 2013 — Sep 2013 College Project — Documentation of lakes and forts in and around Mumbai, Second Year B.Arch., J.J. College of Architecture, Mumbai

Jun 2013- Mar 2014 Urban Photography Elective, Fourth Year B.Arch.; KRVIA, Mumbai

July 2013 - Apr 2014 Basic Design, First Year B.Arch.; KRVIA, Mumbai (Assisting)

Jan 2013 - Mar 2014College Project — Understanding Cities through Cinema, Second Year B.Arch.; KRVIA, Mumbai


Communication Skills Fluent in English and Hindi, Basic German (Level A2)

Computer SkillsExperienced in using Aut0CAD, Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Microsoft Office; Basics in Illustrator and Rhinoceros

Photography: Analog (35mm small format and 120mm medium format) and Digital SLR, Darkroom — B/W processing and printing. Model Making, Print Making (lino-cut).


Aug 2013 — Apr 2014 Fellowship at KRVIA (Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture), Mumbai ‘Demolition at K-73, Mumbai. Reference Notes and Works in Progress’

2011 2’ Prize ‘Traces of Belonging’ COMPAS Photo Competition 2011 sought to attract images with a socio-historical connotation that visually convey what it means to settle in a new place. Judged by sociologist Michael Keith and photographer Paul Halliday

2009 Fellowship for Photography - Special Commendation Demolition - The Active Unthoight in Architecture, Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

2004 - 2005 Selected for Pujar Fellowship Program 'Streets of Mumbai: Exploring the Spatiality and Aesthetics of Street Architecture' Academic Achievement Award for the Best Consistent Performance in Seconf Year, School of Architecture, CEPT, Ahmedabad


Oct 2014 'Movement' - Urban Photo Fest, Silverprint Gallery, London

May 2014 Traces and Aura at K-73, KRVIA, Mumbai (Exhibition-Jury of fellowship open to all)

Oct 2013 Photographic work invited for (international) Association of Urban Photographers

Oct 2011 Crossing Lines - Autumn Show 2011, Linear Gallery, Greenwich, London.

Sept 2011 'Liminal' - Group Show, Shop 14 OLd Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London.

Sept 2011 'The Subject Waiting to become an Object' Street Signs - Spring 2011 Issue, Magazine by CUCR, Goldsmiths, University of London

May 2006 'Experience Mumbai' Photography Exhibition at Gujrat Research Society, Mumbai Organised by The Photography Club of Mumbai


Sep 2013 BHSC (Built Heritage Studies and Conservation) Module II - Material Conservation (Lime Plaster, Stucco, Stone and Concrete) Anupam Sah, Head of Art Conservation, Research and Training, CSMVS, Mumbai

Feb 2012 Training Courses at Auroville Earth Institute (Satprem & Ayyappan) Production of Compressed Stabilised Earth Blocks (CSEB) Masonary with Compressed Stabilised Earth Block (CSEB) Ferrocement Techology

Oct 2011 'What is Thinking' with Sundar Sarukkai, Mohile Parikh Center for the Visual Arts

Aug 2010 Philosophy, Art and Science with Sundar Sarukkai, Mohile Parikh Center for the Visual Arts

Oct 2009 Film Appreciation: An Introduction with Suresh Chabria (FTII- Pune), Mohile Parikh Center for the Visual Arts

June 2004 Pukar Monsoon 2004 - Theme: Language and the City ENGLISH: MEDIUM
Producing translated texts; Conducted by Abhay Sardesai LISTEN TO MY STORY
Creating an audio novel; Conducted by Hansa Thapliyal and Vipin Bhatti
Conducted by Sameera Khan, Chirodeep Chaudhuri

Jan 2004 'What is wrong with this picture? Investigating visual studies' International Conference attended at Mohile Parikh Center for the Visual Arts

Feb 2002 'Walking on cloud mine' - Art installation in workshop under artist Karl Antao

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