, Rithika Merchant
, Sarah Naqvi
, Saubiya Chasmawala05 June - 26 June, 2020
With a series each by the artists, Garima Gupta, Rithika Merchant, Sarah Naqvi and Saubiya Chasmawala, ‘Inherited Memory’ continues to attempt to yield inspiration, contextualize and make sense of the current scenario as we begin to rebuild a new normal. We look closely at the idea of bearing witness, with every artist recording and trying to cope with a different memory. This exhibition comes together after pondering the environmental effects of a world-wide quarantine in ‘Resurgence’ and reminiscing our lives before lockdown in ‘Navigating Geometries’. The team at TARQ, along with our artists, continues to look further within ourselves through this next exhibition ‘Inherited Memory’. As we begin to try and heal and repair from this pandemic, the initial sense of panic and anxiety has faded. The existential doubt rises up and we wonder about our basic survival going forward. This urges us to dig into the archives of our memory, in an attempt to pierce through these inarticulate and intangible emotions; emerging resilient and ready to conquer the trauma of the past, and enter into a new reality. This collection of artworks are expressions of freedom, of memory, of nature and of space. The exhibition will be accompanied by a lecture series conducted by Dr. Kaiwan Mehta, a stimulating discussion between our artists and artist talk-throughs, all conducted online, in our continued attempt to recreate some of the physical programming that we are all missing out on at the moment. Details of these will be available on our social media pages through the duration of the exhibition. Click here to enter Online Viewing RoomDownload Exhibition Catalogue
Artist and researcher, Garima Gupta’s field of interest and study stretches from ornithology, topographical alterations and nuances of behaviour patterns between man and wild, primarily in the Southeast Asian archipelago. Gupta’s ongoing studies of the wildlife hunters in the rainforests of New Guinea, wildlife bazaars in various Indonesian islands and taxidermy related trade in Thailand draws a layered image of concerns such as environmental catastrophe and large-scale loss of wildlife. Her drawings and documentaries trace patterns of destruction from different historical periods, ruminating the connection between imperialist iconographies concerning wildlife and its mirror images lurking in the psyche of modern-day east. Gupta presented an intermediate stage solo show, Minutes of the Meeting at Clark House Initiative in 2017 from her ongoing research in New Guinea. The show travelled to the Dhaka Art Summit (Bangladesh), Para Site (Hong Kong) and Museum of Modern Art (Poland) in the year 2019. Her 5-year long research project from New Guinea and Southeast Asian archipelago will culminate into a show at Tarq, Mumbai in 2020.
Rithika Merchant (b. 1986) received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Parsons - The New School of Design, New York (2008). Since graduating, she has exhibited her work extensively, including a number of solo exhibitions in India, Spain, Germany, France and the United States. Her most recent solo shows include, Mirror of the Mind at Galerie L.J, Paris, France (2019); Where the Water Takes us at TARQ, Mumbai (2017) and Ancestral Home at Galeria Bien Cuadrado, Barcelona (2017). Her recent group exhibitions include a two-person show Osmosis at TARQ, Mumbai, curated by Shaleen Wadhwana (2019); Spring! A Group Show of Contemporary Drawing at Galerie LJ, Paris (2019) and Chloe Couture at the National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kieve, Ukraine (2019). She has also collaborated with Chloé, a French fashion house on multiple collections for which she was awarded the Vogue India Young Achiever of the Year Award at its Women of the Year Awards 2018. She was also named one of Vogue Magazine’s Vogue World 100 Creative Voices. She currently divides her time between Mumbai and Barcelona.
Mumbai based multimedia artist, Sarah Naqvi (b. 1996), engages in narratives themed around religious and societal stigmas. With textiles and embroidery, the primary medium in her practice, Sarah, uses the cathartic nature of its process to address relevant issues of marginalisation. She studied Liberal Arts at St. Xavier's College, Mumbai and Bachelor of Textiles at National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. She had her first solo exhibition Bashaoor, at Clark House, Mumbai in 2018, followed by her second solo exhibition, Sharam o Haya, at Ame Nue, Hamburg in 2019. In the same year, she was part of a group show with Akinci, titled, Heroines Now, 2019, alongside Melanie Bonajo (NL), Anne Wenzel (DE), Gluklya (Natalie Pershina- Yakimanskaya) (RU/NL), Lungiswa Gqunta (SA). Sarah has been part of other group exhibitions namely, A beast, a god, a line, Para Site, Hong Kong, curated by Para Site Director, Cosmin Costinas. Her work has also shown at TS1 Yangon, Yangon, Myanmar (June 6 – 22, 2018); Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland (Jul 20 – Oct 7, 2018); Apexart NY सावधान: The Regimes of Truth, curated by Shaunak Mahbubani, New Delhi (2018); Micro subversions Playbook, Conﬂictorium, Ahmedabad, curated by Avni Sethi and Venkataraman Divakar; and The Exhaustion project, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, curated by Abhijan Toto. Sarah was selected for the De Ateliers Residency, Amsterdam for the period 2019-21. She is currently halfway through her residency program.She has also been part of the Forecast Forum Residency, Berlin in 2018. She was the recipient of 'The Phenomenal she' award in 2019 conferred by the Indian National Bar Association and NID Ford Foundation Grant in 2018.
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. Recently, Saubiya had her second solo exhibition, Batin at TARQ in Mumbai (2019). In September 2017, she had her first solo exhibition, Pilgrimage of Historical Oversights, at Clark House initiative in Mumbai. She has been a part of various group shows including Words of Her Seeing, Conflictorium, Museum of Conflict, Ahmedabad (2019); In letter and spirit, TARQ, Mumbai (July 2016); Unwinding, Nazar Art Gallery, Vadodara, India (November 2016); Reading Room, a travelling exhibition curated by Amit Jain, Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, United Kingdom (October 2015) and New York (September – October 2016) and Emerging Palettes, an exhibition of paintings, Srishti Art Gallery, Hyderabad (August 2015). Her work was also exhibited at the India Art Fair, represented by TARQ (2020 & 2018), and CIMA award show (February 2017). Saubiya was part of the Artists' Program at The Space Studio, Baroda (February-April, 2019). She has been an artist-in-residence at the Blueprint12 Studio, Vadodara (July-December 2015) and at the TIFA working studios in February 2017. She is a recipient of the prestigious Nasreen Mohamedi Scholarship Award (2011-12) and Inlaks Fine Art Award (2016). She currently practices her art in Vadodara at her personal studio.
Midday- When Art Brings Back Memories
Today, art lovers will get to see a new virtual exhibition on the website of Colaba gallery TARQ. Titled Inherited Memory, the show will be online till June 26 and features a series each by acclaimed artists Garima Gupta, Rithika Merchant, Sarah Naqvi and Saubiya Chasmawala. About its conceptualisation, gallerist Hena Kapadia told this diarist, "The team has been working on putting together this exhibition for a month now. It broadly reflects looking back into the archive of our memory in order to move forward and conquer this new reality. With this in mind, each artist has emphasised the importance of recording and coping with various memories as a means of expression of freedom, nature, space and taking time to introspect, heal and repair."
Mid-day05 Jun 2020
Vogue- Ways of Seeing
"Paper cutting is a meditative practice, perfect for these troubled times." - Rithika Merchant
Vogue India08 Jun 2020
Mumbai Mirror- 5 Things to do today
Mumbai Mirror16 Jun 2020
GQ-Affordable art is now a thing
Galleries have taken exhibitions online, with some like Tarq (@tarqmumbai) even curating new exhibitions like Resurgence for the lockdown (they are currently hosting Inheriting Memory). Chemould (@chemouldprescottroad) is doing a fabulous series on some of the most renowned collectors in the country on their Instagram handle. Most Mumbai galleries also participated in virtual walkthroughs for Art Night Thursday when it moved online. All this has led to a larger audience for art, more conversations around collecting – and happily, more affordable art. If you're seriously interested in a work of art, reach out to the gallery in question. Most will let you pay in installments over a period of time.
GQ India16 Jun 2020
Mumbai Mirror- 5 Things to do Today
Inherited Memory is an online group exhibition organised by Tarq that aims to provide a context to the current scenario, as we begin to figure out the new normal. It features works by artists such as Garima Gupta, Rithika Merchant, Sarah Naqvi and Saubiya Chasmawala. The evening, the four artists will be in conversation with gallery director, Hena Kapadia. They will talk about their individual works featured in the exhibition. The discussion will also emphasise on the importance of introspecting our memory in order to understand our current reality. 4 pm.
Mumbai Mirror24 Jun 2020
Harper’s Bazaar- The Artist’s Way
“It’s essential to host such shows now, as they put into sharp perspective the art and practices of the artists that we have been working with over the last several years,” says gallerist Hena Kapadia.
Harper's Bazaar29 Jun 2020