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Saubiya Chasmawala

, Youdhisthir Maharjan

, Muzzumil Ruheel

09 June - 02 July, 2016


In Letter and Spirit showcases a collection of works by three exemplary artists, whose works each highlight the graphic beauty of text. Saubiya Chasmawala, Youdhisthir Maharjan and Muzzumil Ruheel all come from a variety of contexts, but their work stands united by the intricacy and intimacy with which they approach the idea of text.

Chasmawala, a recent graduate of MS University, Baroda, uses text in her work primarily as symbolic. The letters make no words and the words no sentences which allow her to grapple with her identity and ideas of transience through text that has been inaccessible to her until her college years.

The intricate detail with which New Hampshire-based Maharjan approaches the deconstruction of text in pages of books is impeccable. His collages focus on the materiality of the page, and each of his works examine the notions of erasure and rewriting, completely separating the physicality of the text from its inherent meaning.

Based in Karachi, Ruheel engages Urdu calligraphy to delve into the issues that arise with mundane written narratives and how they operate within history at large. His work questions how we constantly write, and then subsequently present the stories of the past in the present.

Poet, cultural theorist and curator Ranjit Hoskote brings together the works of each of the artists in a beautifully-penned essay, highlighting each individual practice as if this was a collection of three solo exhibitions

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Saubiya Chasmawala

Saubiya Chasmawala (b.1990) received her Masters in Visual Arts from Vadodara’s Maharaja Sayajirao University, Fine Arts, specialising in painting (2015). She interned under the paper-artist Anupam Chakraborty in hand paper-making at the Nirupama Akademi, Kolkata.

Her works were a part of various group shows including Emerging Palettes, an exhibition of paintings held at the Srishti Art Gallery in Hyderabad (August 2015); Reading Room, a travelling exhibition curated by Amit Jain at the Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, United Kingdom (October 2015) and in New York (September – October 2016); 'In letter and spirit' at TARQ, Mumbai (July 2016); Unwinding at the Nazar Art Gallery in Vadodara, India (November 2016).

Her work was exhibited at the CIMA award show 2017 (February 2017). In September 2017, Saubiya had her first solo exhibition, Pilgrimage of Historical Oversights, at Clark House initiative in Mumbai. She was an artist-in-residence at the Blueprint12 Studio, Vadodara (July-December 2015) and at the TIFA working studios in February 2017.

Saubiya is a recipient of the prestigious Nasreen Mohamedi Scholarship Award (2011-12). She has also been awarded the Inlaks Fine Art Award (2016). She currently practices her art in Vadodara at her personal studio.

Youdhisthir Maharjan

Youdhisthir Maharjan (b. 1984, Nepal) began his academic foray into the arts with a B.A. in Creative Writing & Art History from the New England College, New Hampshire (USA).  He went on to pursue his M.F.A. at the University of Idaho in 2012. Maharjan has since exhibited extensively in India, Nepal, the United States and the UK. Some of his solo shows of note include Nothing Repeated at Prichard Gallery, Idaho (2012); The Art of Not Making at the New England College Gallery, New Hampshire (2012) and Nite Light at Indigo Gallery, Nepal (2004). An Unquiet Mind is his first solo exhibition at TARQ as well as in India.

Maharjan has also been a part of several group shows including Himalayan Contemporary, Desai/Matta Gallery, San Francisco (2017); Deep Cuts: Contemporary Paper Cutting at Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire (2017); In Letter and Spirit at TARQ, Mumbai (2016); Reading Room, Saffron Art, New York (2016); Reading Room: Leaves, Threads, and Traces, Winchester Gallery, UK (2016) and Emerging Talent, Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia (2016). His work has been a part of large scale exhibitions such as the Kathmandu Triennale (2017) and the Boston International Fine Art Show, Boston Center for the Arts (2015). The artist currently lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts. Youdhisthir Maharjan is an artist based in Henniker, New Hampshire. He received his Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Idaho (2012), and Bachelors in Creative Writing/ Art History from New England College, New Hampshire (2008).

His solo shows include Avernus, Reflections Gallery, Idaho (2011); Swayambhu, Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts and History, Idaho (2012); The Art of Not Making, New England College Gallery, New Hampshire (2012); Spirituality and Obsession, McGowan Fine Art Gallery, New Hampshire (2014); and Mixed Media Works, Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu (2015).

Maharjan’s works has been exhibited at various group shows including No Printing Necessary, Arizona State University, Tempe (2012); Printmaking/Bookmaking: Works on Paper, Herrett Museum, Idaho (2013); The Future is Here Again: Visual Language, AC Institute, New York (2015); and Reading Room: Leaves, Threads and Traces, Winchester Gallery (2015). Furthermore, he has participated at the India Art Fair (2016) as well as the Boston International Fine Art Show (2015).

Muzzumil Ruheel

Muzzumil Ruheel is a visual artist based in Karachi. He was born in Lahore in 1985 and is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts, Beacon House National University (BNU) 2009. He has been part of the faculty at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture (Karachi), the School of Visual Arts, Beacon House National University (Lahore) and the Visual Studies Department at the Karachi University.

His work is fuelled by the social fabric of society that surrounds him. From political developments to the incessant chatter of everyday life, his work seeps and weaves through all that is mundane. Muzzumil has established himself as a young, contemporary artist, exhibiting nationally and internationally. His work is part of important public and private collections.

Muzzumil has exhibited in solo and group shows nationally and internationally. “Point of no return”, Rohtas Gallery, Lahore, “In between the lines" (solo) Art Dubai 2018, “Hearsay” (solo) Canvas Gallery, Karachi 2017, “Lost in his own garden” (solo) Grosvenor Gallery, London 2016, “The alternate life of lies” (solo) Canvas Gallery, Karachi 2015, “And his beard grew and grew and grew” (solo) Rohtas Gallery, Lahore 2015, Letter of apology (residency) Kaladham Museum, Vijyanagar 2014, “...but some of them never happened” (solo) Canvas Gallery, Karachi 2014.

Press

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