Aaditi Joshi22 August - 28 September, 2019
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The team at TARQ is delighted to present an exhibition of New Works by artist Aaditi Joshi. The show features the artist’s latest explorations, that are a distinct departure from her earlier works. In these sculptural paintings she uses repurposed polypropylene bags as a starting point from which she investigates formal, art historical concerns, including the grid and the frame. Her continued focus on materiality and form make for an impressive showing, in what is a new medium for the artist.
This will be Joshi’s first solo exhibition at TARQ, and follows her participation in the group show “Wasteland” held in 2018, curated by Birgid Uccia, as well as solo displays at Gallery Maskara in Mumbai in the past. While her focus here remains still on the formal aspects of materiality and painting, the works are a radical departure from her earlier works which were composed of painted, and subsequently melted plastic bags. Here, she uses upcycled bags, wood, and cement to create strikingly minimal, yet powerful works. The show is accompanied by a text by Birgid Uccia, entitled “Who is Afraid of Plastic?”
In her essay, Uccia says,“The contrasts and conflicts of the city, its contradictions and uncontrollable expansion, unsolved tensions and dissonances, rapid changes and exchanges, constitute a vast phenomenon, incomprehensible in its totality. It is through the powerful language of art that Joshi enables the process of reading and imagining the city, a fascinating, poetic and monstrous entity, real and metaphorical at once, of which she as the Baudelarian spectator is herself a vital part.”
Aaditi Joshi holds a Diploma in drawing & painting from L.S. Raheja School of Art, Mumbai.Her last solo show, New Works was held at Gallery Maskara, Mumbai, India, 2011-12. Her other solo shows include Recent works, Museum Gallery, Mumbai, India, 2007 and Zero Opacity, Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai in 2005
Joshi has participated in several group shows, some of which include Waste Land, curated by Birgid Uccia, TARQ, Mumbai, India, 2018; Megacities Asia, curated by Al Miner and Laura Weinstein, Museum of Fine Arts, (MFA) Boston, USA, 2016; Midnights Grandchildren a group Show curated by Girish Shahane at studio X, Mumbai 2014 (M)other India, Galerie du Jour – Agnès B., Paris, France, 2011; India Art Summit, presented by Gallery Maskara, New Delhi, India, 2011; Moonwalk , Gallery Maskara, Mumbai, India, 2009; Video Wednesday, curated by Dr. Arshiya Lokhandwala, Gallery Espace, New Delhi, 2009; Present-future, curated by Dr. Sarayu Doshi, NGMA, Mumbai, 2005; Monsoon Show, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, 2001; Art Access Week, Birla Academy of Arts & Culture, Mumbai, 2000.
She has also participated in group exhibitions at the India Art Fair, New Delhi, 2019 presented by TARQ Mumbai; AD Design Show,Mumbai, 2018, presented by TARQ Mumbai ;VIP Art Fair (online); Mumbai Gallery Weekend 2012, Hotspot, 2012 SH Contemporary art fair , Shanghai, China (In collaboration with Arthub Asia and the Creative India Foundation), 2012 ; India art fair New Delhi 2011 presented by Gallery Maskara, Mumbai.
Aaditi was one of 20 artists shortlisted for the ŠKODA Prize 2012 and was awarded with a Fellowship for the Lucas Artists Residency Program 2012-14 at the Montalvo Art Center, CA, USA. In 2013, she was part of the UN POPOLO SENZA MEMORIA è UN POPOLO SENZA FUTURO (people without memory is a people without future), curated by Sumesh Sharma and Serena Trinchero, MK Search Art (MKSA) residency project ‘Contemporary Renaissance’, Indian-Italian cultural exchange program, Casa Masaccio, San Giovanni Valdarno, Tuscany, Italy.
The artist lives and works in Mumbai, India.