Photography and Video — work samples for my application to SVA Summer Residency Program

Over the years of 2012 and 2013, I spent my time travelling to some cities of India where I created a series of visual diaries on quaint old businesses that survive in a space and time to which they appear wholly unsuited. I noticed these old-fashioned practices and saw how these people interacted daily, until my curiosity finally led me to explore in detail, the lives of The Bone Setters and then The Barber Shops. I set about capturing the murk and quirks of dubious old vocations that quietly but firmly address odd bodily needs, and lie on the fringes of cities like Mumbai. This led to the creation of two editions of my work Cult of the Street

In 2013, I was selected for the residency programme at Khoj Peers, Delhi. Over a period of four weeks, I worked on Notes on Remembering Elsewhere, which explored the urban street culture of Shadipur Depot in Delhi. The area is home to an assortment of street artists and performers, singers, puppeteers, and magicians.

Both projects used photography, video, sculpture, soundscapes, and drawings.
Niyati Upadhya,Notes on remembering else where 2013

Notes on Remembering Else Where. Khoj Delhi 2013.

Niyati Upadhya,Notes on remembering else where 2013.kishan juggler

Notes of remembering Else Where. Khoj Delhi,2013.

Niyati Upadhya,Notes on remembering else where 2013.shaadipur Depot

                                                             Notes of remembering Else Where. Khoj Delhi,2013.

Niyati Upadhya,Notes on remembering else where 2013,Khidki

Notes of remembering Else Where. Khoj Delhi,2013.

Niyati Upadhya,Notes on remembering else where 2013,shaadipur Depot 1

Notes of remembering Else Where. Khoj Delhi,2013.

Upadhya Niyati,Bone setters (light boxes),Digital prints on gateway paper installed on gateway paper ,16.5 x 11.7 in,2012Cult of the street- The Bone setters. Mumbai 2012

Upadhya Niyati,Bone setters (light boxes),Digital prints on gateway paper installed on gateway paper ,16.5 x 11.7 in,2012 (2)Cult of the street- The Bone setters. Mumbai 2012

Upadhya Niyati,Bone setters,Cult of the Street. 2012

Cult of the street- The Bone setters.Mumbai 2012

Upadhya Niyati,Cult of the street, Barbershop,Black and white photographes, 2012Cult of the street- The Barber shops. Mumbai 2012.

Upadhya Niyati,Cult of the street, Barbershop,Black and white photographes,23.4 x 16.5 in ,2012Cult of the street- The Barber shop. Mumbai 2013

The Following video is part of the series Titled: ‘Notes on remembering else where’

Notes On Remembering Elsewhere from Niyati Upadhya on Vimeo.

The following video is part of a video installation from the series Cult of the street-The barber shop.

Tools of the Trade. from Niyati Upadhya on Vimeo.

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