Even as a place that carries the past in its architectural character, and colonialism is present in manners proximate as well as remote, Mattancherry for me is an energy source or spirit that has outlasted the forces of tourism and urbanisation. Mine is a humble attempt from within our social and political present to understand this place. This may be the beginning of a journey. Man and women are occupied in the toil of survival. I attempt to understand the soul of Mattancherry from within this uncertainty.
There is an architecture worldwide of humans who have been pushed to the margins. This is experienced as a meta-narrative and invite us to consider the outstanding problems facing humankind today.
Upendranath solo shows include: All Sorts Of Things... And Something Else. Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi (2011); ‘90-09’, Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi (2009); ‘Black River’ , Bombay Art Gallery, Mumbai (2007); ‘Caged’, Bombay Art Gallery, Mumbai (2007); ‘Those Who Remain’ gallery installation, Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi (2006); ‘Alive on E-Street’ installation, studio, Thodiyil House, Kochi(2004); ‘Between Life and Death’ Centre Civic Besos, Barcelona, Spain (2004); ‘Black Birds’ Installation Kashi Art Café Gallery, Kochi (2003); ‘Duality’ collages Major, Barcelona, Spain (2002); ‘Grasping Emptiness’ Centre Civic, Kasa, Groga, Barcelona, Spain (2000); ‘Awarness of Emptines’, KLKA Gallery, Kozhikode (1999); ‘Manifestation of Emptiness’ Galleria Mareechika -Times of India, Ernakulam and Kashi Art Café, Kochi (1998); ‘Alter Ego’, KLKA Gallery, Kozhikode (1994).
Upendranath has participated in many group shows in Indian and aboard. It includes: Pagan Fest, Kerala History Museum, Edappally, Kochi, India (2016); ‘Inbox’ Srishti Art Gallery, Hyderabad(2015); Confluence, David hall Gallery, Fort Kochi (2012); 2012-Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India; Space untitled, David hall Gallery (2012); ‘Big Picture’- Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore (2011); Noble Sage Art Gallery, London (2009; ‘Representation-3,Triva Contemporary, TVM (2008); ‘Urban, Monitor,Image.’, 1x1 Art Gallery, Dubai (2007); India Maximum City - Galerie Helene, Lamarque, France (2007); ‘Ten Light Years’ Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi (2007); De-sizing-Jahangir, K S Nicholson Gallery, Mumbai by Bombay Art Gallery (2007); ‘Everybody’s Space’, (Public Art Project) Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi (2002).