Born in Mumbai, Kaiwan Mehta, is a theorist and critic in the fields of visual culture, architecture, and city studies. Mehta has studied Architecture, Literature, Indian Aesthetics and Cultural Studies.He recently completed his doctoral studies at the Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bengaluru, under the aegis of Manipal University on ‘architectural ornaments and its relationship to the city and metropolitan experience, with a specific focus on Mumbai’. He has now published as well as exhibited his research work and ideas internationally. He authored Alice in Bhuleshwar: Navigating a Mumbai Neighbourhood (Yoda Press. New Delhi, 2009) a book that journeys through a city neighbourhood discovering the relationships between architecture, life, and people. Mehta has recently authored the book The Architecture of I M Kadri (Niyogi. New Delhi, 2016) hoping to challenge in many ways the dogmatic and rehearsed arguments around modern and contemporary architecture in India. Since March 2012 he has been the Managing Editor of Domus India (Spenta Multimedia) – the India-edition of the international Domus magazine on Art, design, Architecture and City Studies; and writes prolifically on architecture, aesthetics, and cities.
Mehta recently co-curated with Rahul Mehrotra and Ranjit Hoskote the national exhibition on architecture – “The State of Architecture: Practices and Processes in India” (UDRI, 2016) at the National Gallery Modern Art, Mumbai.
He has set up courses in Architecture Theory as well as Art, Criticism and Theory, the politics around Craft as well as Aesthetics, and teaches across various undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Mumbai including setting up the Parsons – The New School for Design in Mumbai, India. He currently teaches at Balwant Sheth School of Architecture, NMIMS, the IES School of Architecture, and has previously taught at the K R V Institute for Architecture, Jnanapravaha (Mumbai), as well as Sir J J College of Architecture and Rachana Sansad’s Academy of Architecture, as well as short courses at CEPT, Ahmedabad, The K R Cama Oriental Institute, Artisans Gallery in Mumbai. He has been elected as the Jury Chairman for two consecutive terms (2015–17 and 2017–2019) for the international artists’ residency programme across 13 disciplines at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany. He has been curating the Urban Design and Architecture section of the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, Mumbai since 2016.
This brief presentation and discussion will dwell on the idea of two very interlinked yet very distinctive practices – Art and Architecture; the two are often clubbed as twin-practices or twin-concepts, partly for the way History of Art has been conventionally designed and taught or for reasons such as the now dated and much rehearsed […]