School of Environment and Architecture


SEA Conversations
Gaze Under Your Skin
by Amol K Patil

When the inner structure of our societies and cities is changing fast and unpredictably, why is it not possible to change the condition of the labour? With this in mind, artist AMOL PATIL asks through several registers of discrimination and inequality, what is labour?

Amol's view goes from the micro to macro, as he looks at the humblest forms of labour, precisely the workers dwarfed by scaffolding. His talk goes on to questioning the aftermath of centralized urbanization, where there are no facilities dedicated to the cleaning staff and the workers in general.


Amol K Patil (b. 1987), a conceptual and performance artist. His artwork, is an ever reaching attempt to recapture the vibrating movement and sound of the ‘chawl’ architecture in which he grew up a form of social housing for mill and factory workers built in the early 1900s, with many tenements fit together, verandahs connecting every door, the gossiping voices from dimly lit tables under which men gather to play carom, the man with a walking stick, the sound of termites eating into wood, wedding festivities, and rhythmically creaking beds. 

Patil has shown at at The Showroom 2018, Tensta konsthall 2017, Pompidou 2017, Pune Biennale 2017, New Galerie in Paris 2016, Dakar Biennale,2016, Myymälä2, Helsinki, 2015; Japan Foundation, Delhi, 2015; Stedelijk Museum Bureau in Amsterdam 2014, International Artists Initiated, Glasgow, 2014; Video Art Festival, Lagos, 2014; Para Site, Hong Kong, 2014; Art Dubai Projects, 2014; Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, 2013; and the Transnational Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale, 2013.

on Friday,
20th September, 2019
at 6:30 pm
School of Environment & Architecture,
Eksar Road, Borivali (W), Mumbai - 400 091
T: +91 22 2899 2228
The event is partly supported by UDRI and is free and open to public.