Ranjit Kandalgaonkar’s work focuses primarily on unseen and ignored processes of urbanisation. He draws on contemporary visual media, archival research and historical artefacts to interrogate the social conditions playing out within the city. Through an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach his projects aim to rethink and challenge conventional modes of research and offer new modes of dissemination, to unlock historical and contemporary data through a re-imagination of events and reveal unseen social histories.
During his residency at Gasworks Ranjit will work on a project exploring the Bombay plague epidemic of 1896. Using photographs, maps, chronicles and archive material from the Wellcome Library, he will seek to highlight the day to day narratives taking place in a city during an outbreak, ranging from individual experiences to controversial interventions by the authorities and long term measures undertaken to combat the outbreak.
Ranjit's residency will result in a new commission for a forthcoming exhibition at Wellcome Collection.
Ranjit Kandalgaonkar lives and works in Mumbai. Modelled Recycled Systems (2008 - ) is a long term project recording ship-breaking practices at Alang. Part of the project, Shipping & the Shipped was recently showcased at the Bergen Assembly, Art & Research Triennial in 2016. Stories of Philanthropic Trusts, on the 19th century philanthropic activities of Mumbai's communities was funded by an U.D.R.I Architectural Fellowship in 2009 and the Wellcome Trust Seed Award in 2015. Other projects include 7 Isles Unclaimed (2014) & Isles Amidst Reclamation (2015). He was the recipient of The Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residence in 2012 at QMUL for an interactive game called build/ browse, and a Majlis Visual Arts Fellowship in 2007 for the project Gentricity.
Ranjit Kandalgaonkar’s residency is supported by The Charles Wallace India Trust and Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation.