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Rithika Merchant

01 December - 13 January, 2018


Rithika Merchant’s first solo exhibition at TARQ brings together a body of work that explores issues of migration, displacement and belonging through the idiom of epics and myths. Working primarily with the mediums of gouache and ink on paper, Rithika creates elaborate and poetic mosaics of myths that seek to thread together a plethora of histories across time and space.

Water forms a key motif in this body of work. Talking about her choice of subject, Rithika says –“Living in Barcelona, I have been profoundly affected by the refugee crisis which has spurred mass migrations across the Mediterranean Sea from Syria, Turkey and North Africa. The sea right at my door step is very quickly becoming the sea of the dead.

With this in mind, it is important to remember that water also dilutes. To resolve a conflict between cultures, mixing and allowing two cultures to each be diluted by an influx of the other is key to the survival of both. This clash preserves rather than destroys the original cultures. I explore and examine the role water and migration routes play in this clash of cultures and how this leads to the development of a third, stronger culture.”

The exhibition will be accompanied by an essay written by Skye Arundhati Thomas.

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Rithika Merchant


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 Where the Water Takes us at TARQ, Mumbai (2017); Ancestral Home at Galeria Bien Cuadrado, Barcelona (2017); Intersections at Galeria Combustion Espontanea, Madrid (2016); Luna Tabulatorum at Stephen Romano Gallery, New York (2015); and Encyclopedia of the Strange at Tiny Griffon Gallery, Nuremberg (2014).

Her recent group exhibitions include Spring! A Group Show of Contemporary Drawing at Galerie LJ, Paris (2019); Homo Faber at The Michaelangelo Foundation, Venice ( 2018) ; Portal at October Gallery, London (2018); Sensorium / The End Is Only The Beginning Sunaparanta, Goa Centre for the Arts, Goa (2018); This Burning Land Belongs To You at the Swiss Cottage Gallery, London (presented by TARQ for Camden Kala, UK/ India Year of Culture 2017); Language of the Birds: Occult and Art at 80WSE Gallery, New York (2016); and a two-person show, Reliquaries: The Remembered Self at TARQ, Mumbai (2015). Her work has also been included in group shows at The New Gallery, Calgary (2017); Summerhall, Edinburgh (2015) and The Morbid Anatomy Museum, New York (2015).

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.

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