Friday 27 December 2019


About the Exhibition
The team at TARQ is delighted to present Folly Measures by Vishwa Shroff. In this exhibition, Shroff continues to journey through the everyday, focusing on the idea of transience and impermanence.  The catalogue is accompanied by an essay penned by Mumbai based independent curator, writer and researcher, Veeranganakumari Solanki. The show is both meditative and thought-provoking in the manner in which Vishwa’s drawings of architectural form uncoversman’s relationship with space over a period of time.

What most would overlook or consider mundane, Shroff is able to weave together highlighting engagement and exclusion through her medium of drawing. The audience is immediately placed into a curious yet contemplative mood by the detailed window panes, finely structured partisan walls (playfully named, Partywall) and speckled cracked floors.
Shroff’s precision and use of earthly tones is not merely a reflection of fashion trends, or time periods but access, encroachment and restrictions. Her work reaffirms that time does not stand still for architecture and the changes within these architectural structures become indicators of the lives lived within these spaces.

Solanki points out in her essay, “at a moment when history’s future is increasingly uncertain, visual colonial comforts and follies are pulled out in the perception and adaptation of architecture. Residues and ruins legitimise our current situation of being, both in the physical and mental state, thereby making us collective by-products of the past. The patterns and forms seen in the drawings are from inhabited spaces. We have all perhaps chanced upon spaces such as these in the city that is dominated by a British architectural identity. The familiarity of these foreign elements conflictingly embeds itself in a feeling of normalcy and home. The shared feeling of sentimental colonial amnesia is acknowledged through habitual mundane elements that visually play out in the spaces we occupy”.

About the Artist

Vishwa Shroff (b.1980) started her artist training at The Faculty of Fine Arts, MSU, Baroda in 2002. She continued on to the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (UK) in 2003. Her career so far has seen six solo exhibitions –‘In Residence’ (2018) at Swiss Cottage Gallery, London (UK), ‘Drawn Space’ (2016) curated by Charlie Levine at TARQ, ‘Postulating Premises’ (2015) at TARQ, ‘One Eye! Two Eyes! Three Eyes!’( 2012)  at the Acme Project Space, London (UK), ‘Memories of a Known Place’ (2012), Birmingham (UK) and ‘Room: Collaborative Book Show’ (2011), Vadodara (India). The forthcoming exhibition at TARQ will be her seventh solo exhibition.

She has taken part in residencies like Swiss Cottage Library, London, UK (2017); Paradise Air, Matsudo, Japan (2015) and Clarke Griffiths Levine, Birmingham, UK (2012).  Besides participating in artist residencies all over the world, Shroff has also been a part of group exhibitions such as ‘Bedroom Spaces’ (2019) at Hospital Club (UK),  ‘ Eating Bread and Honey’ (2018) at SqW: Lab project space, Mumbai (India), ‘Camden Draw’ (2017) at Swiss Cottage Library, London (UK),  ‘Reading Room’ (2016) at Saffron Art, New York, ‘Reading Room: Leaves, Threads and Traces’ (2015), The Winchester Gallery (UK) and ‘Momento Mori’ (2015) at TARQ.

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Priyasri Art Gallery, Mumbai is proud to present ‘Judgement in the Trial of Akbar Padamsee’.

Priyasri Art Gallery, Mumbai is proud to present

Judgement in the Trial of Akbar Padamsee’.

Duration: 9th to 30th January 2020
Venue: Priyasri Art Gallery. Worli, Mumbai-400018
 About Akbar Padamsee

Akbar Padamsee was born in Mumbai in 1928. His ancestors hailed from Vāghnagar, a village in the Bhavnagar district of the erstwhile Kathiawar, now part of Gujarat state. Padamsee was still a student at the Sir J.J. School of Art in Mumbai at the time when the Progressive Artists’ Group (PAG) announced itself on the Indian art scene in 1947. Historically, this is considered to be one of the most influential groups of modern artists to emerge in early post-independent India. After his art education in Mumbai, Padamsee went to live and work in France in the year 1951. In 1952, he was awarded a prize by Andre Breton, known as the pope of surrealism, on behalf of the Journale d’art. His very first solo show was in Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai in 1954, where these early works were shown.

In 1962, Padamsee was awarded a gold medal from the Lalit Kala Akademi, and in 1965 a fellowship from the J.D. Rockefeller Foundation. Subsequently, he was invited to be an artist-in-residence by Stout State University, Wisconsin. In 1967 a solo exhibition of his paintings was held at the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art, Canada, after which he returned to India. Akbar Padamsee’s artistic oeuvre is a formal exploration of a few chosen genres- prophets, heads, couples, still-life, grey works, metascapes, mirror -images and tertiaries, across a multitude of media – oil painting, plastic emulsion, watercolour, sculpture, printmaking, computer graphics, and photography.

In 1969-71, with the Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship funds, he set up inter-art Vision Exchange Workshop (VIEW), where artists and filmmakers could freely experiment across various disciplines and practices. It is remembered to this day as a landmark initiative, providing the much needed creative stimulus to several young people who are now internationally well known. Padamsee himself made two short abstract films - Syzygy and Events in a Cloud Chamber, where he animated a set of geometric drawings.

In the year 1980, a retrospective of his work was organized by the Art Heritage Gallery, in Mumbai and New Delhi. Akbar Padamsee was awarded the prestigious Kalidas Samman by the Government of Madhya Pradesh in 1997. Other awards include the Lalit Kala RatnaPuraskar in 2004, the Dayawati Modi Award in 2007,''Roopdhar" award by Bombay Art Society - 2008 and Kailash Lalit Kala award in the year 2010. In 2010, he was awarded the Padama Bhushan by the government of India.

About Priyasri Art Gallery

Founded in 2004, Priyasri Art Gallery has been extremely responsive to the evolving language of art and nurturing a gamut of artistic practices and expression. The gallery is dedicated to its role of exhibiting modern, contemporary and experimental artworks; besides focusing on showcasing young artists, we also represent more established artists like Akbar Padamsee and masters like Jogen Chaudhury. Priyasri Art Gallery also provides artists with a studio facility in the art hub of India – Baroda called AQ@Priyasri, the artist studio in Baroda has been providing studio space and housing for young artists since 2003 and has recently launched a separate printmaking practice.

In the bustling Mumbai midtown art space, Priyasri Art Gallery is a cozy 2500 sq. feet contemporary art gallery neatly nested on the seafront in Madhuli, Worli. Its 7x30 feet French windows look out onto a stunning view of the Arabian Sea that shapes the identity of the city.

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03 : Note from Studio Shantiniketan, Bolpur./ Artist : Kalpana Vishwas

Basic concept of my art practice is based on “Transforming Nature’’ where I give much importance to ‘Time’ and ‘Space’. Recently while working on leaf I have formed a cut out shape which gave a different view of an image and different concept to think on. The cutting method visualizes the concept of nature’s linearity which is transformed with an industrial’s sharp straight line after the use of an industrial tool. My basic idea through the leaf’s cut out method is to show that in the same space we can show two different time period. In present days the natural scenario of society is changing devastatingly by means of ramification, urbanization and industrialization. The impact of these changes on nature and livelihood of human civilization are transforming society into a forest of concrete. 

I emphasize on maps, cartography and natural elements in my art practice. Because it’s related to everyone and everything, Map reflects political, social, economical, religious and historical events. The value and function of maps are inspirable to daily life for human and animals. In my work the idea of mapping came from my surrounding.  I want to show through my works how every day the landscape is being destructed by us. Which is not happening just because of its own but due to human interpretation there are lots of changes and also the political issues have a profound impact on the geographical map.


Art Blogazine Team

Thursday 19 December 2019

02 : Note from Studio Shantiniketan, Bolpur./ Artist : Ramu Das

The concept and the subjects of my works, with the treatment, talk all about the vocabulary of my works. While the basic concept is to depict the conflicting characters of human life, the subjects range from personal sexuality to a broader ground of socio-political problems. On one hand my works are imaginary, dramatic and distinctive; on the other hand they are strongly Surrealist in character and bear other specific art historical references. The basic concept of my works depends on my observation of the world, molded through my imagination. In other words, my works may be called solely individualistic. 
Artist : Ramu Das

Human figures in various actions and gestures are the main element in my paintings. Often, relating to the subject the figures are given very specific expressions. Also the figures are rendered to be very unattractive and grotesque in appearance. Most of the characters (both male and female) are imperfectly huge and muscular. They have thick lips, large puffy eyes and often bear peculiar expressions. I avoid the perfect rendering of the human bodies which automatically creates a distraction from a sexual provocation. I like to leave it to the beholders to think over it and feel the absence of the perfect beauty so that their urge for the perfect beauty move their minds. This is my intention to play with the beholders’ psychology. A supposed smooth and palpable skin of a nude woman is being replaced by a rough textured snake-like surface. All these somewhere disturbs the erotic fantasy and contradicts the viewers’ urge to see the perfect beauty. 

While growing as an artist, it is quite natural for the art works to go through an evolution in terms of both concept and content. There are lots of pictorial elements that have been added or deducted from my paintings in the course of changing time. Experiences of moving to different places have highly inspired me to shape up the body of my works. Nature and natural elements have been an integral part of my works throughout. Human figures, mostly grotesque and distorted, are placed within the natural space. Conch, cowry shells and recently beehives have become major symbolic features of my works. These are the elements that build up the body of my works and changes occur through the continous journey of my life. Apart from that there are many reflections of some of my very personal thoughts that come from my daily observations. I often come up with a scene, revealing some story about an individual or a group of people, stating them in an environment. I like to unveil the story quite dramatically with an expressive rendering of colour-play, finishing and appearances/expressions of the characters. Apart from that there are many reflections of some of my very personal thoughts that come from my daily observations. I often come up with a scene, revealing some story about an individual or a group of people, stating them in an environment. I like to unveil the story quite dramatically with an expressive rendering of colour-play, finishing and appearances/expressions of the characters.

My colour palette is quite strong. I use brilliant range of colours and juxtapose them to create vibrancy corresponding to the subjects of my paintings. I always want to create a certain contrast between contradictory elements and I do it by combining strong colours. My palette appears very strident and it may often resemble to be quite expressionistic yet the final rendering surely has reference of the Renaissance paintings. The smooth finishing, delicacy of the draperies, use of chiaroscuro and subtle highlights on the human figures are derived from by understanding of the classical painting, resulting as my own spontaneous interpretation.

I like to work in a way evaded from directness. There are more than a few layers in my works in terms of subject and concept. My main intention is to criticize and highlight various nuances of our society. I have extensively painted subjects like sexual biases, class struggle, and terrorism etc. I handle these concepts with a very political or sometime with a spiritual angle. I use various metaphors and symbols to convey my thought while articulation. The metaphors I use are created with my personal vision and interpretation from various experiences of life. Dealing with concepts like ‘Man and woman relationship’ I have used various metaphoric elements like snails, cowry shells and conch symbolizing the female sexuality and elements like tiger as male. There are references in my work criticizing the male dominance over females by showing a tiger, sharply gazing towards a woman. Tree has become a symbol of femininity as its process of creation resembles to the women’s’ power of giving birth.  Side pillow, another object of the interior has been shown repeatedly as a phallic symbol. There are a few subjects that I have dealt with a spiritual angle, using religious symbols (swastika symbol or a man seated like Buddha) against terrifying objects to generate good hope and positivity against fear. Apart from this, I have been capturing changing personality or mood of different people by showing characters with multiple heads. Dramatic combination of different expressions of joy and dismay of those multiple faces upon a single body, suggests the journey of that person throughout different phase of his life. My works are highly metaphoric and constantly connote a conflict between different aspects of human life. Contrasts and contradictions between different things like sexuality and gender biases, war and peace, brutalities of urbanization are symbolically depicted in my works.


Art Blogazine Team
Tathi Premchand

Wednesday 18 December 2019

01: Note from Studio Shantiniketan, Bolpur. / Artist : Ghanashyam Latua

Mainly my art practice is based on physical environment and its conflict with the artificial environment. The physical environment consists with the living and non-living components. Unfortunately, the natural environment has been under tremendous threat due to never ending human greed. The lands are mindlessly being excoriated by us through agonizing mechanical process. The poignant saga regarding the issues of land acquisition, environmental and migrant crisis and modern age slavery comes into my mind as myself being a locale from a suburban area.
Artist : Ghanashyam Latua

I am currently working with a long and time consuming method of creating layers like formation of a land for many years. It continues then by pecking and skinning the paper with a sharp tool, which defines the violence towards it due to human interference to acquire resources for industrial and ‘developmental’ purposes.

The skin of the paper is the metaphor of the land to me and the method of pecking represents the human rapacity in form of the encroaching land. Before pecking, I use to do some treatment on the paper. It might be an application of water colour tint, soft pastel, charcoal, pen strokes or might be left the paper un-treated as it is. 

I have been constantly encountering the changing features of these landscapes from my childhood at my ancestral village near Kharagpur, Jhargram and during my student life at Shantiniketan, Bolpur. I have explored the spiritual affinity and relationship between the man and nature through my works. It questions the burning social issues like encroaching and land grabbing, which changes the whole ecology of a landscape and the people depending upon it. The endless human greed has lead towards a socio-political disharmony due to misinterpretations of modernism.

In that sense my works are empathic reaction towards these issues as we are constantly being enslaved by our own greed and ecstasy of power in a capitalist society. By getting divorced from the nature day by day, we have murdered our own divine and spiritual self.



Art Blogazine Team
Tathi Premchand

Sunday 15 December 2019

Pin Poster : Kolkata Ink

Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) is the capital of India's West Bengal state. Founded as an East India Company trading post, it was India's capital under the British Raj from 1773–1911. Today it’s known for its grand colonial architecture, art galleries and cultural festivals. It’s also home to Mother House, headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity, founded by Mother Teresa, whose tomb is on site.

Saturday 14 December 2019

Knowningness - Presence of unknown within known, Nippon Art Gallery

Harshda Nirgun, an alumni of J.J. Schools of Fine Arts is conducting a solo Exhibition at Nippon Art Gallery, near Kala Ghada, Mumbai from 10th to 15th December 2019. The exhibition is free for entry and is based on experiences of life, natural harmony, womanhood and growth of society .The artist aspires to increase awareness and maximum inclusion of people from different age group to experience, understand and spread the message.

My artwork captures glimpses of the current state we live in, the visuals that I believe to shake us to our core and awaken our restrained emotions. It’s linked with my life experiences and my identity in our society.
Artist : Harshda Sadanand Nirgun

When I am in the process of creation I tune with my inner self, work with my intuitions, everything in my surroundings gets blurred and I just deep dive with myself, add colour to my feelings and express it,  its not always planned,  it just happens. My artwork is similar to an onion, layers upon layers covering the inner emotions. My efforts are to express everything I see, the myriad waves that I feel and try to collate them in my artworks. At times I also detach from myself and observe it as a third person, it kind of makes you think and new perspectives and answers just reach out to me.

Being an Artist one doesn't have to perform any kind of stunts it should be your experiences, feelings and your way of expression. It doesn't have to be in particular way or adulterated with outer manifestations. It has to be open and free of any glass ceilings and limitations.

Other mind jolting work is my Street art for Kalaghoda installation based on Corruption. I have installed a life size match box, with sides made of currency bundle. There is only one stick standing symbolic of an individual’s fight while Inside of the matchbox are burned sticks that came in contact and burned due to the friction of the never ending greed of “human want”. This artwork was inspired from a real-life event in my kitchen which I  related with the corruption and greed in the society.

My other works are related to human relations from women’s perspective. Women is the giver of life and it’s linking with mother earth. How in the name of progress we are disturbing the natural balance of other animals and birds and destroying the beautiful nature in our surroundings.
Regarding my current solo exhibition in Mumbai
The very existence of any particular thing, living or non-living, is in its existence within that time, it’s the momentariness, the fleeting moment that lets us glance the substance of life. The interrelated expression, the flash realisation, the static imprints. It’s outer conditions and surging inner situation merged in the state of trance, that evolve out of it. Unspecific certainty with its own grace  without any external force acting on it.

There is an outer shield, which hides the core idea engrossed in captivated experiences. Nothing to oppose, nothing to support, as it cannot be shared or explained. Those endless stories, travel, brief moments, that eagerness and its volume can only be felt.

My artwork captures these glimpses of the current state we live in, the visuals that I believe to shake us to our core and awaken our restrained emotions. It's linked with my life experiences and my identity in our society. 

Few more of my works in the current exhibition:

v Living Halt:
An interactive installation where you can actually stand amidst the scaffolds and experience a Halt at a construction site. Architecture has a life too, it’s state continually changes as it endures external elements and requires routine maintenance just as our skin.

v Parallel I:
Three adjoining spheres depict parallel memories of past, present, and future. Living and breathing without knowing each other like insects crawling in their own little world, unknown of the nearby worlds but connected in space.

v Parallel ll:
Play of shadows, objects with multiple overlaps, changing their forms with moving light source with passing of time.

v Under construction Bride:
Photograph of myself in a green construction cloth as saree, keeping Indian 'Ghoongat', it's new development in progress on old roots, progressing ahead and restructuring for better future.

v Inside out:
A glasswork displayed with metallic Lotus. To know yourself inside-out the blissful inner core and the flow of energy within, transforming and evolving through different experiences.

v Reality Check:
A rusted Lotus symbolizing the transition period of a city from old to the present progressive state leaving it's murky scent behind as it transforms.

v Esteem:
The composition consists of construction worker’s hands signifying hardship that goes into making others dreams a reality and keeping their younger generation alive.

v Dream Home:
Creation of personal-space to dwell is a structuring of our own physical and mental space. 

v Noise:
A visual noise of construction and continuous reengineering of the surrounding that overlaps and blocks the tranquil chirp of a ‘City bird’

v Reach:
Constant human interference effects the navigation of migratory and local birds. They get stressed and disturbed by heavy noise pollution created in the city area. A composition with the mating call of Cuckoo bird is suppressed by cement mixture machines and road roller.

No one teaches you art it comes from within though I am an academic Masters  in fine arts from Mumbai. I have always found different ways and mediums to  experiment and express my work. Looking forward to inspire young minds to respect mother earth, women, expand their thoughts beyond the horizon and include everyone in their growth.

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2nd Floor, Flora Fountain
Nanabhai Lane, Kala Ghoda
Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001

Saturday 23 November 2019


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Wednesday 20 November 2019

Dr Sudhir Patwardhan A retrospective 29th evening NGMA Mumbai

Dr Sudhir Patwardhan
A retrospective
29th evening

Wandering Violin Mantis | Nibha Sikander

About the Exhibition

The team at TARQ is delighted to present Wandering Violin Mantis– Nibha Sikander’s first solo exhibition. In this exhibition, Sikander expands on her growing practice of looking at and recreating various species from nature, some real and some imagined. The artist uses layer upon layer of intricately cut out paper to create form after form of moths, mantises and birds, each one meticulously assembled in her studio in Murud-Janjira.

This exhibition focuses on Sikander’s observations of a variety of insects and other creatures that surround her. Fascinated by nature since childhood, and more particularly since moving to her current home, the artist began experimenting with making birds in her medium of choice – paper. The paper, according to her, mimics nature in its versatility – soft, stiff, malleable and flexible, almost like wings, feathers and antennae. In some of her works, Sikander delves deeper into her engagement with her subjects, deconstructing, and even abstracting the individual elements of the bird or insect that she is recording.
In his catalogue essay, Ranjit Hoskote says of Nibha’s work “Wrought with unerring accuracy, and with a heightened attentiveness to delicate and often elusive detail, Sikander’s moths and birds testify to the dazzling enchantment of the natural world as well as to the magic of taxonomical science. Presented in segments, as a row of disjecta membra laid out from wing to beak and head, her birds make a graphic transition from field guide to portrait gallery. They come across, not primarily as representatives of a species, but as sharply individual denizens of a world menaced by predators, surly winds, changing weather patterns.”

About the Artist

Nibha Sikander (b.1983) has done her Bachelors in Visual Arts (2006) and Masters in Visual Arts (2008), both specialising in painting, from the Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodara. Since her graduation, she has been part of several group exhibitions, some of which include ALCHEMY: Explorations in Indigo, KasturbhaiLalbhai Museum, Ahmedabad (2019); Beyond Borders, curated by the CONA Foundation at the Whitworth Gallery/Museum, Manchester, England (2017-18); A New Space, Nazar Art Gallery, Vadodara (2016); Back to College, VADFEST, Faculty of Fine Arts, Vadodara (2015); A Construal of Mourning and Rage, Emami Chisel Art, Kolkata (2014); Group show at Studio X, as part of the Paradise Lodge International Artist Residency, Mumbai (2013); Beauty and the Beast, Matthieu Foss Gallery, curated by Anne Maniglier, Mumbai, (2011); Show Girls!, Strand Art Room Gallery, curated by Anne Maniglier, Mumbai (2009); From our Cabinets to the Museum, Open Eyed Dreams Gallery, curated by Aparna Roy, Kochi (2009); and Class of 2008, Art Konsult Gallery, curated by Bhavna Khakkar, New Delhi, (2008-09)
She has taken part in residencies like Paradise Lodge International Artist Residency, Lonavala, Mumbai (November 2013); Sandarbh International Artists Residency Programme, Jaipur (November 2012); and Residency at the American School of Bombay, Mumbai (March - May 2010)
She is the recipient of the Nasreen Mohamedi Scholarship, Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodara, 2004-2005. Nibha currently works and lives in Murud-Janjira and Mumbai

Preview: Thursday, 28th November 2019 | 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

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