, Ronny Sen
, Saju Kunhan
, Sameer Kulavoor
, Soghra Khurasani31 January - 03 February, 2019
The intention of this year’s booth at India Art Fair is to showcase more of the artists represented by TARQ, highlighting each practice that focuses on a range of issues, including materiality, nature, memory and the archive. The six artists proposed here work across a multitude of mediums, including photography, sculpture, printmaking, and painting to best convey their preoccupations. Whether you look at Aaditi Joshi’s works in plastic, or Saju Kunhan’s large scale wooden relief works, each one is engaged with contemporary issues from waste to migration, while the works of Ronny Sen, Sameer Kulavoor, Soghra Khurasani and Muzzumil Ruheel examine through fact and emotion, the beauty and violence of the landscapes, mundane narratives and conversations that exist around us – both in urban and rural setting.
Aaditi Joshi (b.1980) holds a G.D Art in drawing & painting from L.S. Raheja School of Art, Mumbai. Recently, she had a solo show, New Works at TARQ, Mumbai (2019). Her other solo shows include New Works at Gallery Maskara, Mumbai, India, (2011-12) ; 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 byDr. 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 represented by TARQ Mumbai (2020 and 2019); AD Design Show, Mumbai presented by TARQ Mumbai (2018) ;VIP Art Fair (online); Mumbai Gallery Weekend (2012); Hotspot, SH Contemporary art fair, Shanghai, China In collaboration with Arthub Asia and the Creative India Foundation, (2012) ; India art fair New Delhi presented by Gallery Maskara, Mumbai (2011). 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.
Ronny Sen (b. 1986, Silchar) is a film director, writer and photographer based in Calcutta. His debut feature film 'Cat Sticks' world premiered in the competition section at Slamdance Film Festival, 2019 where it won the jury honorable mention. He has previously directed television documentaries for BBC. He started his career as a photographer and has made two artist books, Khmer Din (2013) and End of Time (2016). Recently, he participated at the India Art Fair in Delhi (2020). He received the Getty Images Instagram Grant in 2016 for his work in Jharia coal mines which were shown in his debut solo exhibition in 2018 titled, Fire Continuum at TARQ in Mumbai.He was invited to be an artist in residence in Poland by the Polish Institute in 2016 and in Japan by The Japan Foundation in 2013. His works are included in the permanent collection of the Alkazi Collection of Photography.
Saju Kunhan (b. 1983) began his artistic training in his home state of Kerala, at the Government College of Fine Art, Thrissur. After receiving his BFA degree, he went on to pursue his MFA in painting from the Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai. In 2014, Kunhan received a Post-Graduate Diploma degree in Museology and Conservation from CSMVS Museum, Mumbai. Kunhan had his first solo exhibition, "Stained Geographies" at TARQ, Mumbai in 2017. He has been a part of exhibitions all across the country. Some of his recent exhibitions of note are - "Traversing Histories", two person show curated by Jitha Karthikeyan at Artimis Cars, Chennai (2019); India Art Fair, represented by TARQ, Mumbai (2019); "Mapping Frontiers", group show curated by Lina Vincent Sunish as part of the Krishnakriti Festival, Hyderabad (2018); "Mattancherry", curated by Riyas Komu at URU Art Harbour, Kochi (2017); "Young Subcontinent", curated by Riyas Komu at the Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa (2016); “Scape & Scope”, anniversary group show of TAO Art Gallery at Jahangir Art Gallery, Mumbai (2016); “Liminal Affinities”, the inaugural exhibition at Nine Fish Art Gallery, Mumbai (2015); “The Deep Inside”, two man show at Kalakriti Art Gallery, Hyderabad (2015) and “Memento Mori”, a group show at TARQ, Mumbai (2015). He currently lives and works in Mumbai.
Sameer Kulavoor (b.1983) is a visual artist living and working in Mumbai, India. His work lies at the intersection of art, graphic design & contemporary illustration and has taken the form of paintings, murals, books, zines, prints and objects. He is interested in why things look the way they do; constantly exploring and understanding the impact that time, culture, politics and socio-economic conditions have on our visible and invisible surroundings. In this age of visual overload, his work involves filtering, dissecting, documenting and de-familiarizing commonly seen subjects through the act of drawing, painting and design. Some of the zines he has produced include Sidewalks & Coffeeshops (2009), Zeroxwallah Zine (2011), The Ghoda Cycle Project (poster-book, 2012), Blued (book/zine, 2013) and Oh Flip (flipbooks, 2013). He exhibited The Ghoda Cycle Project at WDC Helsinki in 2012 and in Mumbai in 2013 while also collaborating with Paul Smith on a series of Ghoda Cycle Tee-shirt designs which were released worldwide. He presented select sketchbook drawings from between 2012 and 2016 as large serigraphs at Artisans', Kalaghoda, in a show titled 'Please Have A Seat' (2016). He has been working on a number of large scale public art projects and paintings which are on view in Auckland (New Zealand), Mumbai, Bengaluru, Delhi and Chennai. ‘A Man of the Crowd’ (2018) was Kulavoor’s first solo presentation at TARQ. His work, 'This is Not Still Life' was showcased at the Tarq Booth C03 at India Art Fair in Delhi (2020). In 2019, two of his works were showcased at the TARQ booth group show at India Art Fair. Also, his drawings and paintings were part of ‘The Shifting City’ - Mumbai pavilion of ‘Making Heimat - Arrival City’ at the Goethe Institut Max Mueller Bhavan curated by Kaiwan Mehta in 2019. Kulavoor was the founder of Bombay Duck Designs which is presently directed by graphic artist + urdu/arabic typography specialist, Zeenat Kulavoor. Along with artist/designer Lokesh Karekar (Locopopo), Kulavoor also founded and curated six issues of 100%ZINE (currently on hiatus) – a visual arts magazine that discovers and showcases a wide range of visual art talent from India and abroad.
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 The Print: Matter in Matrix, curated by Satyajit Dave, in association with Latitude 28, at Shridharani Gallery, Delhi (2020); 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 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.