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Navigating Geometries

14 May 2020

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Folly Measures

09 January 2020

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Drawn Space

08 December 2016

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Memento Mori

12 June 2015

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His-Story project

08 March 2019

Distillery Shed, recorded on 6th October 2018

Spaces and places have a momentary and uncertain existence that allow them to be construed as chronicles of Linier time, encompassing the days, weeks and months that have passed between then and now and as a continuum. The shifting balance between permanence and transition is evocative of life that once existed and can be perceived as temporal maps of architectural fashions, memorials to alterations of that space which is intentionally conceived, mutates and is in a constant state of flux.

However, the site-specific floor work displaces this immediacy of time to tumbles back into history, leaving one to wonder whether these drawn tiles are markers of architectural residues, or an intervention to add to the history of this space.

Project Collaborator: Space Studio | Baroda
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10 October 2018

2018 – ongoing

Square Works Laboratory (SqW:Lab) is a 3 month programme in Mumbai for cultural practitioners from all of the world. The aim is for 10 creatives to come together, play, work site responsively, showcase their process in the form of drawings, doodles and notes, and be inspired by each other and find innovative legacy projects.

SqW:Lab project is multi faceted with thanks to the five core founding partners, artist Vishwa Shroff, architect Katsushi Goto, curator Charlie Levine, artist Tash Kahn and art writer Rosanna Van Mierlo. Each of the five founding partners will invite another creative talent to join in the conversations, exhibitions and Play Projects, creating a 2018 cohort of 10 inaugural fellows

Project Collaborator: Katsushi Goto, Charlie Levine, Tash Kahn, Rosanna Van Mierlo
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In Residence: Swiss Cottage Gallery

13 January 2018

Vishwa Shroff’s work explores spatial and narrative possibilities taken from urban and domestic scenarios. The accidental encounter and shifting modes of attention with which the artist perceives objects allow her to generate a record of isolated artefacts that become the basis of her work. To the artist, the unique features of these architectural motifs are complicated entities that are developed in space and time. As the objects transform, they confront the viewer and change our collective consciousness towards an always shifting balance between permanence and transition. As original artefacts they resonate an acquired memory and attest to attitudes of generations.

Project Collaborator: Swiss Cottage Gallery | Camden Arts Center
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Guards at the Taj

07 October 2017

When Danish Hussain and Vrajesh Hirjee invited us to work on the sets and stage layout of Guards at The Taj by Rajiv Joseph, what struck us most was the landscape of patterns that the Taj Mahal at Agra create. The plan of the Taj Mahal was conceived as a juxtaposition of the iconographic Eternal and Worldly reflected throughout the site plan, architecture, motifs, patterns and colour usage.

The complex includes the monument, peripheral gardens, Jilaukahana and the Taj Ganji – Market and caravan-sarai that are no longer in existence. While the monument and the gardens symbolise the Eternal, the Jilaukhana is perceived as the transitory space and the market symbolised the Worldly, making a reflective plan between the monument and the Ganji. Made in red sandstone and White Marble, the colours too are indicative of this, where Red, taken from Islamic imperial tents and the colour of the Kshatriyas symbolise the Worldly, the White comes from the image of Janat and is also the colour of the Brahmins.

Project Collaborator: Katsushi Goto, Danish Hussein, Vrajesh Hirjee
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Postulating Premises

17 April 2015

5th collaborative book Project : vishwa Shroff and Katsushi Goto
Archival Ink Jet Printing on Paper

The book- Postulating Premises is the 5th collaborative project between Architect
Katsushi Goto and Artist Vishwa Shroff. As with all their previous collaborations,
this work too is the convergence of both their concerns at this time in their individual
practices. They have chosen here, a traditional binding so as to not divert our
intentions/attention away from their concerns.

So far it stood that the format of the book works as a comprehensive medium to
summarize individual investigations. At the same time Vishwa and Goto constantly
explore possibilities of mediums and formats, like the display methodology used for
postulating Premises. In that sense, they look at the projects more as spatial constructs
rather than medium specific objects/artists books. There remains an additional fantasy
to experiment with these constructs as full/room scale installations that follow a
sequential layering employed in their overall practice.

Project Collaborator: Katsushi Goto
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Cornered Stories

06 February 2015

Web project that invited a series of artists, architects, thinkers and creatives to think about a [type of] corner that means something to them and to then write/illustrate something about it. It could be factual, fictional or illustrative.

The functionality of a corner is fairly obvious. Anyone who has built a lego house or tried to make a paper airplane knows how important a fold or corner is to enhancing strength – a corner creates sides, angles, voids and structure. We know the ingenuity of it in terms of architecture, building and making but we also know of the emotional connotations of a corner, being put it in the corner, etc., the dismissive act of the unimportance of an interior corner. Unlike that of an external one, perhaps, where you cannot stand within it but you can hide behind it. In either interior or exterior guise it is safe, a place offering protection or for reflection. The corner is a place we take for granted, a place ignored and a space only of functionality.

However, as hinted upon above the corner is so much more than just structurally sound.

Project Collaborator: Charlie Levine
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29 October 2014

Some Images of works installed at Brooklyn Fire Proof. Curated by Charlie Levine for Trove at Sluice Exchange Rates: Bushwick Exposition

Project Collaborator: Brooklyn Fire Station, Sluice: Exchange Rate, NY
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Tale Tellers

01 January 2013

Participated twice – in 2013 and 2018

The Tale Tellers is a project conceived by UK based curator Charlie Levine. Artists, writers and thinkers have been invited to interpret their favourite stories, songs or poems via a series of images that represent key plot points within that story. Each selection of images tells a complete tale. Levine started this project in November 2013 whilst spending a month in New York. It was during a talk by Jens Hoffman and Triple Candie, as part of Performa 2013, that Levine got inspired to realise The Tale Tellers.

Project Collaborator: Participation only.
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Memories of a Known City

20 May 2012

I walk about, everything is familiar and yet I am lost, as if I had never seen it before. The familiarity allows me to locate my self but I remain disoriented, absorbing these somewhat new surroundings. A window here, a door there, I know this place. I used to eat my lunch on those steps and walked this route everyday. The fountain has a nickname and I know what it is. But just there was the sandwich shop and its gone now, replaced by something I know from somewhere else.

The blue circular window catches my eye, I wonder if I have seen it before or is it the blue of the tiles that catch my attention? I am lost in this conscious game of memory and discovery. I keep walking, and as one day blurs into the next, so does this game. By the end of two weeks, I am not sure anymore of what is a memory from a long time ago and what it is I just found yesterday.

Project Collaborator: Birmingham Artist Residency
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One Eye! Two Eyes! Three Eyes

06 March 2012

From the moment one wakes up until way past attempts to falls asleep the mind constantly hammers with matters, both momentarily consequential and echoing memories; these are the springboards from which narrative is developed and becomes the basis of my work. The narrative itself is reflective of conversations, literary puns, film dialogs, poetry, fictional descriptions and everyday observations. Akin to looking at family albums, the works evoke non-chronological disjoined memory to construct arranged imagery upon which further personal deliberations are possible.

The works do not seek to portray experience of humans, but rather they offer an imagined experience of the objects themselves and explore the possibilities of transferring the attention with which objects are perceived, while addressing that thought is not liner, but assorted and that the trivialities of everyday life are abundant

Project Collaborator: ACME Project Space | London
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01 April 2011

4th Collaborative book project : Vishwa Shroff and Katsushi Goto
Archival Ink Jet Printing on Paper

‘Room’ is the fourth collaborative project between architect Katsushi Goto and artist
Vishwa Shroff. Goto and Shroff have been exploring with the form of the book for
more than half a decade, unfolding a narrative with each fold. From their first flip
book that was shown in 2010 to ‘Postulating Premises’ (2015), the artists in ‘Room’
have created fantasy spaces that belong to an imaginary protagonist.

The artists started with the idea of creating a staircase running down the book. The
idea of the book unfolds with the staircase leading to various floors, unveiling rooms,
which would need to be occupied by a person. Thus the book in its physical form
comprises of an overlapping narrative at all times.

Project Collaborator: Katsushi Goto
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  • studioELL: Interview with Vishwa Shroff

    Vishwa Shroff’s work explores spatial and narrative possibilities of Urban and architectural scenarios. The subtle metamorphosis that denotes an in-between and a (simultaneously) specific moment in time are recorded through drawings. This act of drawing the markings and physical manifestations of usage, the cracks and discolorations that appear as scars in these architectural spaces, are understood as durational dialogs between the building and those that have passed through them.

    01 Apr 2021
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  • Art India Magazine- Use and Change

    Shroff's engagement with architectural forms and their relationship with the occupiers of these structures deepened after she created a paper sculpture Vishnu's Chai in 2009 for the show Cutting Chai at Sarjan Gallery, Baroda, and followed it up with the ambitious Room, a collaborative book project (2011). Soon. the simple architectural plan graduated from being a basic drawing ro possessing complex patterns that charted uses and changes as the inhabitants re-imagined it over a peri.od of time. While the architectural space bore the traces of age and imprints of wear and tear, it also left visual marks of the innumerable changes and makeovers it was subjected to. Shroff's hybrid buildings delicately expose the layers of history and memory, allowing her drawings to come alive with an active energy.

    Art India
    12 Dec 2020
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  • Contemporary Identities Issue #7

    Journeys through architectural spaces, incidents on building exteriors and transient structural changes of the everyday occur in Vishwa Shroff’s meticulous drawings. Time becomes an ornamental detail for the artist in her translation of tile patterns, cracks, razed walls, staircases and occupied and abandoned spaces.

    Contemporary Identities
    16 Sep 2020
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  • Mumbai Mirror-The gallery hopper’s guide

    The city’s leading art hubs band together once again to bring the eighth edition of the massive Mumbai Gallery Weekend. Transience and impermanence — that is what artist Vishwa Shroff focuses on as she highlights what one could on the surface be perceived as mundane. Her works in this exhibition is described as “drawings of architectural form [that] uncovers man’s relationship with space over a period of time”. Jan 9 to Feb 28. Tarq, Colaba

    Mumbai Mirror
    09 Jan 2020
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  • Vogue- 16 must visit art exhibits across India you need to check out this January

    In the exhibition titled 'Folly Measures', Vishwa Shroff continues to journey through the everyday, focusing on the idea of transience and impermanence. Curated by Veeranganakumari Solanki, the exhibition is on at Tarq, Mumbai. Jan 9 to Feb 28, 2020. Address: F35/36 Dhanraj Mahal, CSM Marg, Apollo Bunder, Colaba, Mumbai

    10 Jan 2020
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    Her watercolours and drawings compel viewers to see the extraordinary in ordinary objects and overlooked spaces Windows, corners of rooms and floors — these are seemingly inconspicuous in their settings. But Drawn Space, Vishwa Shroff’s solo show of intricate drawings, calls direct attention to them , and details such as missing tiles and patterns make one ponder over what they might have been in another time.

    07 Jan 2017
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  • AD- Mumbai: Vishwa Shroff’s ‘Folly Measures’ explores the architecture of inhabited spaces

    This is the artist’s seventh solo exhibition and is presented by TARQ, Mumbai. It will be on view till February 28

    With six solo exhibitions and multiple group exhibitions to her credit, Vishwa Shroff’s works have garnered her considerable acclaim in the art industry. Besides this, she has also participated in numerous residencies, talk series and workshops. Having shifted to Mumbai just over a year ago, Shroff’s most recent and seventh solo exhibition is an attempt at showcasing the realities of the built structures around us, how the aspect of time and our usage affect their physical and spatial qualities. Titled, ‘Folly Measures’, this exhibition is on view at TARQ till February 28 and is accompanied by an essay written by Veeranganakumari Solanki, a Mumbai-based independent curator, researcher and writer.

    Architectural Digest
    29 Jan 2020
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  • The Hindu: The beauty of architectural transience

    Vishwa Shroff’s meditative and thought-provoking art highlights the complexity of man and buildings

    Architecture is the ‘mother art’, that’s rarely given its due in the creative world. While blueprints and technical drawings are an integral part of designing and constructing a building, these are seen more as functional rather than artistic expressions. Vishwa Shroff, whose ongoing show Folly Measures explains her affinity by drawing a relationship between the built environment and its use. She says, “Architecture tends to collect like — marks, scratches, breaks, cracks, all of that. So it becomes apparent when you walk through any space that has been around for a while…you look at it and wonder why something happened.”

    The Hindu
    29 Jan 2020
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  • Architect and interiors India. TARQ hosts Folly Measures, an exhibition by Vishwa Shroff

    This is the artist’s seventh solo showing

    Artist Vishwa Shroff, who shuttles between Mumbai and Tokyo, is exhibiting her latest works, Folly Measures, at TARQ, Mumbai. With this exhibition, Shroff continues to journey through the everyday, focusing on the idea of transience and impermanence.  The catalogue is accompanied by an essay penned by Mumbai-based independent curator, writer and researcher, Veeranganakumari Solanki.

    Architect and Interiors India
    03 Feb 2020
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  • Sunday Mid-day. If time were a place…

    ... tiles would be its landmarks. As an exhibition in the city ponders the memories of Mumbai's floors, we find an excuse to focus on the different histories presented by colonial and economic interests.

    At Colaba art gallery Tarq, an exhibition by artist Vishwa Shroff, uses tiles found in Mumbai's buildings as a tool to speculate on how time and architecture collide. For the exhibition, called Folly Measures, text written by Veeranganakumari Solanki states: "Recontextualization and reconstruction of time and change are meticulously recorded in the details of mismatched tiles, landings, residues and lines...Floors become pattern libraries of interruption, while worn tiles become a chronicle of chanced memories. Architectural features become the carriers of change and time frames. Material compositions from changing fads of marble, concrete, kota stone to mosaic tiles, banisters and old walls, each tells a story from a chapter in time."  

    09 Feb 2020
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  • Paper Planes- Interview with Vishwa Shroff

    Artist Vishwa Shroff’s observant eye barely ever misses an intricately detailed balustrade, an absent tile, or a nondescript partisan wall. Her practice is firmly rooted in drawing; Shroff’s works are currently on display at Bombay’s TARQ art gallery. She has also conceptualised and designed — along with Katsushi Goto — the set for the play ‘Guards at the Taj’ (2017) directed by Danish Husain, weaving together the architectural facets and histories of the Taj Mahal, the space the actors occupy on stage, and the narrative of the play that oscillates between the worldly and the imaginary. Here, Shroff tells us about the books she loves to return to, the idea of exploring domesticity through drawing, and why stepping out for a walk can be a crucial starting point for making a work.

    Paper Planes
    24 Jan 2020
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  • Mumbai Mirror- View interesting artworks

    Mumbai Mirror
    22 May 2020
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  • Ministry of New- Collaboration in action with Vishwa Shroff and Katsushi Goto

    Dynamic artists in their own right, together, Vishwa Shroff and Goto have proven to be natural collaborators. We were lucky to have them with us during Art Bites #2 where Hena Kapadia, Founder,TARQ focused on their joint practice and latest project, which has been conceptualised for the "Everyday" Zine (not yet released). Together, Vishwa Shroff and Katsushi Goto have collaborated on five books, conceptualised and designed a theatre set for “Guards at Taj” at G5A, Mumbai (2017) and are most recently working towards designing an “Open Kitchen” pavilion. They also co-founded SqW:Lab, a fellowship that investigates notions of domesticity and drawing in Mumbai since 2018. We wanted to continue that conversation here to learn a little bit more about this duo.

    Ministry of New Blog
    01 Jun 2020
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  • Sunday Mid-Day- Where to Draw the Line

    India's Artists On What They Are Making During The Lockdown

    India's established and young artists find themselves turning to their art to make sense of the sorrow around them and renew their promise to co-exist with nature.

    Sunday Mid-Day
    12 Apr 2020
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  • Stir. Folly Measures celebrates architecture as an indicator of urban experiences

    Artist Vishwa Shroff presents a solo exhibition at gallery Tarq with works reacting to the built environment, focusing on the idea of transience and impermanence. When one encounters the architecture inspired works of Vishwa Shroff, there is an immediate sense of wonderment. They sit at the intersection of drawing and sculpture; at first, they seem ornate documentary renditions, but on closer inspection one can easily experience the narrative layer. “My fundamental interest is in drawing methodologies. The architecture comes from the urban environments I live in and have a longevity that permits them to become temporal maps of both, transitory occupations and architectural fashions,” says Shroff.

    08 Jan 2020
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  • Talk about private practice

    The parallels between Nityan Unnikrishnan and Vishwa Shroff begin at their heels. The two artists are eyeing each other's Birkenstock sandals as we settle down at Tarq, Colaba. In their shy ways, they laugh about the criticism that has been meted out to their sartorial choices.

    11 Dec 2016
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  • Lost in Transition

    Windows, corners of rooms and floors — these are seemingly inconspicuous in their settings. But Drawn Space, Vishwa Shroff’s solo show of intricate drawings, calls direct attention to them, and details such as missing tiles and patterns make one ponder over what they might have been in another time.

    29 Dec 2016
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  • Curious Spaces, linear narratives

    Artist Vishwa Shrof’s drawings, currently on display at Tarq, follow a soothing palette of colours. The work, divided into four distinct parts, is part of the artist’s first solo exhibition, Drawn Space .

    07 Jan 2017
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  • Elements of Architecture

    one of the basic learning for a student of architecture is to grasp the role and function of elements of architecture such as planes(walls), columns , recesses , openings , courtyards , patterns , perspective and so on ..

    12 Jan 2017
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  • Are you sitting comfortably?

    Then we'll begin .. with a round-up of chairs , from Irani classics to the latest contemporary Indian designs.

    20 Jan 2017
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