> Chronicle

Parag Tandel

11 August - 10 September, 2016

Chronicle id Parag Tandel’s first solo exhibition at TARQ. In this exhibition Tandel showcases a series of sculptures cast in resin that represent shapes and colours from memories of his childhood. The change in the seascape in Mumbai over the passage of time is essential to the artist’s life and practice, as a member of one of Mumbai’s original communities, the Koli community.

His works in this show focus on ideas of ecology and migration through the vivid imagery of the creatures of the sea, both real and imagined. The sculptures invoke a mystical, almost mythical representation of underwater life, and engage the viewer in thought about how these changes may affect our immediate future. By using fantastical colours from his early experience, Tandel invites us to understand exactly what it is that we are doing to our planet every day.

According to Tandel, the materials and forms of everyday symbols he grew up with for the most part, manifest in his work. He says, “My work stems from the idea of using found objects, to reuse them, and then construct fresh entities. I inquire into the history as well as contemporary times of my community. I have grown up listening to chronicles of the past, which, for me, are almost fable-like and imaginative; I sense after years these fables are beginning to mount into myth, they are transforming into layers similar to the residue structures in our minds.”

Download Exhibition Catalogue

Select Works

Load More


Parag Tandel

Born in 1978, Parag Tandel is a Mumbai-based artist with a degree in Creative Sculpture from MS University, Baroda (2005). Tandel’s solo exhibitions include ‘Pregnant Room 1’ (2008) and Pregnant Room 2’ (2010), both showcased at Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai. He has also been part of various group shows across India including ‘Baroda March’ (2015), Mumbai; ‘Small is Big’ (2013), Durbar Hall, Kochi; ‘Earth Art Project Tansa’ (2013), Arka Art Trust, Mumbai; Upvan Art Festival (2013), Thane; ‘Small is Beautiful’ (2012), Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai; ‘The Art of Drawing’ (2011), The Guild, Mumbai; ‘TAKE 2’ (2011), Aarushi Arts, Delhi; ‘Untitled 2010’ (2010), Artkonsult, Delhi; and ‘AvaGard’ (2009), Threshold Art Gallery, Delhi among others.

Some of his public art projects include ‘Geographies of consumptions’ (2015), Mumbai; ‘Big Catch’ (2012), Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, Mumbai; and ‘Sandarbh’ (2011), Rajasthan. Tandel has been a recipient of the Jhunjhunwala Scholarship Award (2003); Maharashtra State Art Award (2003); and All India Art and Craft Society State Award (2003). Additionally, he has participated in residencies at Space 118 (2015), Mumbai and in Partapur, Rajasthan. He currently lives and works in Thane, Mumbai.


  • Experience the Chronicling of a community with Parag Tandel

    The artist’s solo show of sculptures bring to life his childhood memories as a member of the Koli community

    01 Sep 2016
    Read More
  • The personal is political

    The thing about consuming television and the Internet is that we are constantly enveloped by the major miseries of the world. Yet another species is erased, a landslide kills dozens, a drought parches hundreds — this is de rigueur for the daily news, disasters hurtling towards us at warp speed.

    The Hindu
    16 Aug 2016
    Read More
  • Casting for Memories

    With his next exhibition, artist Parag Tandel brings to a Colaba gallery the realities of life in a koliwada — an existence that is competing with the money market as well as the death of marine life Parag Tandel learnt to count with Bombay ducks. "My mother was in the business of selling dried fish at the local market here in Thane.

    07 Aug 2016
    Read More
  • Once upon a time

    There was a time when dolphins, known to the Koli community as eda masa (mad fish), used to swim up the Thane creek, much to delight of those who lived along the banks. “They don’t come anymore, of course,” says Parag Tandel, adding, “I also used to see a lot of mudskippers when I used to go swimming in the creek as a child.

    The Indian Express
    16 Aug 2016
    Read More