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08 October 2020

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Inherited Memory

05 June 2020

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  • Design India: Call of the Wild

    Sonalee Tomar interviews Garima Gupta on her artistic practices, inspiration, and more.  

    Design India
    01 Apr 2021
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  • Harper’s Bazaar- The Artist’s Way

    “It’s essential to host such shows now, as they put into sharp perspective the art and practices of the artists that we have been working with over the last several years,” says gallerist Hena Kapadia.

    Harper's Bazaar
    29 Jun 2020
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  • Mumbai Mirror- 5 Things to do today

    Mumbai Mirror
    16 Jun 2020
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  • Mumbai Mirror- 5 Things to do Today

    Inherited Memory is an online group exhibition organised by Tarq that aims to provide a context to the current scenario, as we begin to figure out the new normal. It features works by artists such as Garima Gupta, Rithika Merchant, Sarah Naqvi and Saubiya Chasmawala. The evening, the four artists will be in conversation with gallery director, Hena Kapadia. They will talk about their individual works featured in the exhibition. The discussion will also emphasise on the importance of introspecting our memory in order to understand our current reality. 4 pm.

    Mumbai Mirror
    24 Jun 2020
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  • Mid-day: An eye on ecology

    In an upcoming solo, artist Garima Gupta explores issues of colonisation and exploitation across the Southeast Asian archipelago The show comprises over 30 drawings. And for Gupta, there are three core messages that she hopes viewers soak in: "That the land and ocean we inhabit are fragile ecospheres, and are interconnected in ways we haven't fully comprehended; that Newton wasn't joking when he said that every action (force) in nature has an equal and opposite reaction, and that this reaction is taking place, right now. We are living it. And if the right measures aren't put in place, we will see this fragile fabric fray."

    07 Oct 2020
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  • Platform- filed under: a/muse/um : Garima Gupta

    The tropics have been a site of archiving and interpreting for explorers and surveyors deployed by the imperial powers. A curious and recurring element in these utilitarian archives is the notebook kept by those documenting the region. The works in the exhibition are an act of opening up the monolith of information guarded by imperially funded bio-prospecting agencies. This series of drawings together questions the politics of data collecting and its interpretations and the impact that this has on the social and cultural understanding of an eco-system

    Platform Magazine
    06 Oct 2020
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  • Mumbai Mirror- Unwind: 03 Things to do Today

    Based on a five-year-long intensive research, artist Garima Gupta presents her latest exhibition, filed:under: a/muse/um, at the Tarq gallery in Co­laba. For the show, Gupta interviewed tribe hunters in rainforests to taxidermists and wildlife trophy dealers, and documented micro-stories around wildlife habi­tats and wildlife markets across the Southeast Asian archipelago. According to the exhibition note: the drawings "question the politics of data collecting and its interpretations and the impact that this has on the social and cultural understanding of an ecosystem".  

    Mumbai Mirror
    12 Oct 2020
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  • Firstpost- In Garima Gupta’s ‘filed under: a/muse/um’, an examination of the politics of documenting, archiving

    Garima Gupta's detailed pencil sketches strongly overlay the connection between the land's history of colonial intrusion into its tropics and its impact on the people today, mirrored in their engagement with wildlife trade and oil palm plantations. Artist and researcher Garima Gupta managed to encase the words 'exploitative greed' and 'grief' in delicate graphite drawings in her latest show, 'filed under: a/muse/um.' If you missed the now-closed exhibition at TARQ, you can head to and scrutinise her sketches through an interactive viewing experience. The show comprised pencil sketches of birds of paradise and ravaged rainforests, among other scenes born out of Gupta's five-year on-ground research through the South-East Asian archipelago. But there's more to it.

    24 Nov 2020
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  • GQ – Brave New World

    Not all art has to be political, but visual artists have always sought to reflect the environment they work in: To chronicle, respond and offer escape. Meet eight contemporary artists, under the age of 40, from the Indian subcontinent, who are skillfully wielding their paintbrushes and digital pens to reckon with everything: from climate change to social inequality, tradition and future technologies. Ones for the wall “Technique-wise, I love paper. I find it to be a very democratic medium,” says the Mumbai-bred, Barcelona-based artist whose gouache-on-paper works have inspired a collaboration with the French brand Chloé in the recent past. “I love watercolour, its translucence.”

    GQ India
    24 Nov 2020
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  • Nether Quarterly- Art

    Most recently, her 5-year long research project from New Guinea and Southeast Asian archipelago culminated into her first solo show, ‘filed under: a/muse/um’ at Tarq, Mumbai in 2020. "Like natural wonders, these heterogenous creations were united by the psychology of wonder, drawing their emotional effect from their rarity and the mysteriousness of the forces and mechanisms that made them work...The wonders of art, then, like the wonders of nature, embodied a form of symbolic power- over nature, over others, and over oneself. Men versed in the knowledge of natural properties could use them to work, marvels, turning day into night, controlling the weather, eliminating disease and decay...Automata functioned as ideal servants: being useful for the discipline and surveillance of others, and over whom their owners could have in turn perfect control." -  Wonders and the Order of Nature, Lorraine Daston, Katharine Park    

    Nether Quarterly
    19 Dec 2020
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