> Anatomy of Stillness

Clare Arni

30 September - 28 October, 2015

Anatomy of Stillness is Clare Arni’s second solo exhibition at TARQ and features a selection of works from the artist’s career. In her vivid photographs, the artist documents South Asia’s cultural heritage, exploring the alchemy of still life through the beauties and intricacies of the region’s varying imagery.

These snippets of stillness have been captured by Clare over the years in what are otherwise chaotic, often claustrophobic spaces, and invite the viewer into a calmer, more contemplative space. Drawing on the artist’s long-standing practice of engaging with her immediate environment, her pictures offer a deeply personal interpretation of stillness drawn from her encounters with the quotidian.

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Clare Arni

Clare Arni is a photographer based in Bangalore, India. Her work encompasses architecture, travel, social documentary and cultural heritage. She has been published by leading British book publishers Phaidon, Thames and Hudson and Dorling Kindersley. She has also contributed work to magazines like Abitare (Italy) Tatler, Conde Nast (UK) Wallpaper, The Wall street journal and Harvard Design magazine as well as many Indian magazines. Her solo photographic books document the history of the architecture of Banaras, Palaces of the Deccan, the recent excavations of Hampi, the capital of the Vijaynagar Empire and a four month journey along the course of the river Kaveri. Her solo exhibitions document the lives of marginalized communities in some of the most remote regions of India and the disappearing trades of urban India. Her work has been exhibited Internationally at the Essl Museum, Vienna Austria, Grosvenor Vadehra, London, Bose Pacia, New York, Berkeley art museum, California and is the permanent collection of the Saatchi Gallery, London, the Freer/Sackler gallery of the Smithsonian Institute, Washington and Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.


  • Clare Vision

    In 1989 , the UK-born , self-taught photographer Clare Arni started documenting the works of architects in Bengaluru . Soon , she moved on to shooting historical architects in Bengaluru.

    Hindustan Times
    02 Oct 2015
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  • Anatomy of Stillness

    Stillness can happen in time, like a breath before the plunge, when you are suddenly aware or nervous of the activity to follow. A girl waits her turn to perform in a circus, peering out, trying not to be noticed, still, and wholly with her thoughts

    The Hindu
    30 Jan 2016
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