> India Art Fair 2018

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 for Design, New York (2008). Since graduating, she has exhibited extensively including a number of solo exhibitions in India, Spain, Germany and the United States. Her most recent solo shows include Encyclopedia Of The Strange at Tiny Griffon Gallery, Nuremberg (2014); Luna Tabulatorum Stephen Romano Gallery, New York (2015); Intersections at Galeria Combustion Espontanea, Madrid (2016) and Ancestral Homes at Galeria Bien Cuadrado, Barcelona(2017).

Her recent group exhibitions include This Burning Land Belongs To You at The Swiss Cottage Gallery, London, U.K. (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, Canada, (2017), Summerhall, Edinburgh (2015) and The Morbid Anatomy Museum, New York (2015). 

Merchant recently collaborated with Chloé, a French fashion house, to create a series of illustrations, which formed the print identity of the brand’s collection at Paris Fashion Week. The artist 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.

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.

Soghra Khurasani

Soghra Khurasani (b. 1983) began her artistic training with a Bachelors Degree in Painting at Andhra University, Vishakhapatnam. She went on to get a Masters of Visual Arts degree at M.S University, Vadodara, with a specialization in print making – a medium that has come to define his artistic practice. Soghra has had several solo exhibitions such as ‘Cratered Fiction’ curated by Sumesh Sharma at TARQ, Mumbai (2015); ‘To Speak for the Mute’, Gitler & _____ Broadway, New York, U.S.A (2015) and her debut solo – ‘One day it will come out’, curated by Hena Kapadia and Sumesh Sharma at TARQ, Mumbai (2014).

She has participated in several group exhibitions across the country; those of note are - ‘Memento Mori’, TARQ, Mumbai (2015); Regional Art Exhibition, Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai (2014); ‘Multiple Encounters’, AIFACS, New Delhi (2013); ‘Visual Evidence’, Clark House Initiative, Mumbai (2013); and ‘Interstices’— a collateral project of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012.

She was also a part of TARQ’s exhibit at the India Art Fair 2018 (New Delhi).  Soghra has been a part of numerous artist residencies such as the KHOJ-Kooshk Residency in Tehran and New Delhi (2016), National Printmaking camp conducted by the Directorate of Art and Culture, Goa (2015) and the Lalit Kala printmaking camp, Vadodara (2012). She has been the recipient of the 56th National Academy Award at Lalit Kala Akademi, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi (2015) and Kala Sakshi Memorial Trust Award, New Delhi (2009).

 Born in Vishakhapatnam, Soghra currently lives and works in Vadodara.


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