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Pratap Morey

07 November - 05 December, 2015

measure | decipher is Pratap Morey’s first solo exhibition at TARQ. Comprising several new works, measure | decipher seeks to examine the artist’s preoccupation with changing geographies of urban spaces. Pratap has lived and worked in Mumbai for the most part of his life, and has been constantly displaced by the city’s shifting façade. He seeks inspiration from his immediate surroundings, exploring the spatial existence of its residents and the dualism of a colossal urban sprawl where vacant spaces are rapidly transformed into formidable structures.

The artist uses a combination of digital photographic images, archival prints, architectural drawings and engravings in his intricate paper works. Each work delves into the overarching themes of construction, redevelopment and displacement — which are immediate concerns in a contemporary urban environment. The radical proliferation of urban spaces is an urgency that Pratap’s practice abstracts and presents to the viewer in his version of relief sculpture. The structural elevations in his works are restrained deliberations to amplify and reveal movement and metamorphosis as well as create the illusion of voids. He uses the structural nature of his works as a tool to create space, utilizing formal structures like corners and the three-point perspective to draw the viewer into each one of his works. 

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Pratap Morey

Pratap Morey is a Mumbai-based artist with a post-graduate diploma in Indian Aesthetics from Mumbai University and a Graduate degree in Fine Art from Vasai Vikasini College of Visual Arts. His solo exhibitions include Concrete Ciphers, TARQ, Mumbai (2019), Lost right Angle, Space Gachang, Deagu, South Korea (2017) and measure | decipher, TARQ, Mumbai (2015).

He has participated in several curated group shows, including Under Construction, curated by Anuj Daga, Khoj Artist Association, New Delhi (2018); Planes of Experience, Zones of Action, curated by Kaiwan Mehta, Gallery Max Muller Bhavan, Mumbai (2017), Jeonnam International Sumuk Pre-biennale, Jeollanam-do, South Korea (2017); Red moon song, curated by Georgina Maddox, Apeejay Art, New Delhi (2016); Imagined futures, Reconstructed past, curated by Meera Menezes, Gallery Anant, New Delhi (2016); The Unbearable Closeness of Being at Gallery Engendered, New Delhi (2015); the Art on Paper biennale at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, North Carolina, USA (2014); Interstices at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (2012); Stop Making Sense at False Ceiling Gallery, Mumbai (2012); and @rt Virtually Real at Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi (2012) among others. His art fair participation includes AD Design Show, Mumbai (2018) and India Art Fair, Delhi (2017), represented by TARQ, Mumbai; United Art Fair, co-curated by Meera Menezes under the Artistic Direction of Peter Nagy, New Delhi (2013) and India Art Fair, New Delhi (2013), represented by Art Alive Gallery.

He has participated in residencies at several institutions such as Space Studios, Vadodara, India (2017); Gachang Art Studio, Deagu, South Korea (2017); Harmony Art Foundation, India (2015); the Artists-In-Residence programme hosted by the President of India at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi (2014); CRACK International Residency, Bangladesh (2013); Space 118, Mumbai (2012); and Uttarayan Art Foundation, Vadodara (2012). He is also the recipient of the Bendre- Husain-Scholarship, India (2013) and the La Critique award at Salon des Réalités Nouvelles, France (2012).


  • Hallucinations of continuous construction

    Mashed up images of urban development define Pratap Morey's perspectival landscapes in measure/decipher at Tarq , Mumbai , from the 6th of November to the 5th of December

    Art India
    01 Apr 2016
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  • The sense of distance we adopt towards our everyday living

    Showcasing the changing geographies of urban spaces, the exhibition of intricate paper works delves into issues of contemporary urban environment. Using architectural drawings, juxtaposed with several other media, the images reveal delirious worlds of urbanscapes constantly evolving, producing realms of near-fictional domains

    01 Dec 2015
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  • Moving on

    An ongoing city exhibition features artwork that depict how urbanization , redevelopment and displacement has changed Mumbai's landscape

    HT Cafe
    09 Nov 2015
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