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Rithika Merchant

, Saubiya Chasmawala

, Soghra Khurasani

09 February - 12 February, 2018

Rithika Merchant works primarily with gouache and ink on paper to create mosaics of myths across time and space. These myths serve as allegories to articulate contemporary concerns. Currently based in Barcelona, Merchant has witnesses the tragedy of the refugee crisis up-close. This has informed her latest body of work where she takes it a step further by looking at the very essence of migration within the context of civilizations. The works being exhibited at India Art Fair 2018 are a part of this series and were previously shown at an exhibition at the Swiss Cottage Gallery, London. Saubiya Chasmawala uses found images and text in her immensely detailed and practice oriented work that explores configurations of self-identity in relation to constructs such as gender and religion. At the fair, Chasmawala will be presenting a selection from her body of work exhibited in a collaborative exhibition between TARQ and Clark House Initiative, Mumbai in September 2017. Soghra Khurasani works primarily within the medium of print making. Her woodblock prints express her contemplation of the female body as a sight of both violence and fecundity, which she expresses through the metaphor of landscapes. For India Art Fair 2018, Khurasani has created a series of works inspired by Tehran and the Alborz mountains that run through the Khorasan region of Iran, the land of her ancestors. This body of work was conceived during her time at the Kooskh artist residency in Tehran. She juxtaposes the tumultuous history of Tehran and the youth’s troubled relationship to their history with the enduring sturdiness of the mountains to comment on the tenacity of the human spirit.

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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. Recently, she participated in India Art Fair, Delhi (2020). She currently divides her time between Mumbai and Barcelona.

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. 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 (2018), and CIMA award show (February 2017). Recently, Saubiya was part of the India Art Fair in Delhi (2020) and Artist’s 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.

Soghra Khurasani

Soghra Khurasani (b.1983) got her Post Graduate Degree in Print Making (with Distinction) from M.S. University of Baroda, 2010 and Undergraduate Degree in Painting from Andhra University, Vishakhapatnam, 2008. Her solo shows include, SKIN, Gitler & ______, New York (2018); Cratered Fiction, curated by Sumesh Sharma, TARQ, Mumbai (2015); To Speak for the Mute, Gitler & _____, New York (2015); Reclaiming Voices, curated by Noman Ammouri, Kalakriti Art Gallery, Hyderabad (2014); and One day it will come out, curated by Sumesh Sharma and Hena Kapadia, TARQ, Mumbai (2014). She has participated in several group shows, some of which include Body, curated by Johny ML, Shanghumugham Art Museum, Kerela (2019); India Art Fair, represented by TARQ, Mumbai (2018 & 2019); Memento Mori, TARQ, Mumbai (2015); VadFest, ‘Back to College’, Vadodara International Art & Cultural Festival (2015); Series: A construal of mourning and rage, woman artist show, Emami Chisel Art, Kolkata (2014); and Visual Evidence, Clark House Initiative, Mumbai (2013). She recently participated in Beisinghoff Printmaking Residency, Womens Studio Workshop, Germany (2018). Her other residency and camp participation includes Khoj Kooshk Residency Exchange Program in Tehran and Delhi (2016); Lalit Kala Print making camp, Baroda (2012) and National Print Making Camp by the Directorate of Art and Culture, Sanskruti Bhavan, Goa (2015).She is the recipient of 56th National Academy Award at Lalit Kala Akademi, Rabindra Bhavan New Delhi, 2015 and Kala Sakshi Memorial Trust Award, New Delhi, 2009. She lives and works in Baroda, Gujarat.


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