Sameer Kulavoor and Prarthna Singh in conversation with Shaleen Wadhwana

4 August 2022 
TARQ is delighted to announce that we will be hosting Sameer Kulavoor and Prarthna Singh in conversation with Shaleen Wadhwana at the gallery on Thursday, August 4th at 5pm. The panellists will discuss Sameer's work READ & RESIST and Prarthna's self-published book Har Shaam Shaheen Bagh with Shaleen moderating. 

This discussion will tie in with our current exhibition Event, Memory, Metaphor curated by Anish Gawande which explores the intricate intertwining of memory and history to ask fundamental questions about how — and why — we access the past through artworks by Areez Katki, Garima Gupta, Muzzumil Ruheel, Parag Tandel, Philippe Calia, Saju Kunhan, Sameer Kulavoor, and Saubiya Chasmawala.



Sameer Kulavoor 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 and work the way they do; constantly noting 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 defamiliarising commonly seen subjects through the act of drawing, painting and design – often oscillating between instinctive and conceptual methods of making.

Prarthna Singh is a photographer whose work explores questions of identity and gender, especially as they intersect with the fraught politics of nationalism in contemporary India. Her images reflect on the economic and political trajectory of the country, drawing connections between feminine precariousness and vulnerability, on the one hand, and radical acts of courage on the other. Her practice negotiates how the two sides are inextricably linked. These narratives are deliberately constructed within India’s own traditions, poised between fragility and abundance. After completing her BFA in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design, Prarthna lived and worked in New York City. Currently she is based in Bombay.

Her work has been published in TIME, The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, FT Weekend, Monocle, Bloomberg News and The Guardian. 

Shaleen Wadhwana is an independent curator and arts educator. Her curatorial practice 
explores meta-narratives in global history and artistic responses to contemporary social issues, reflected in her curated shows OSMOSIS at TARQ, FRIN/GE at Vadehra Art Gallery and The Sindhu Project at Exhibit320 Gallery. She has also co-designed India's first virtual artist residency with the Pollinator Interdisciplinary Lab. Recently, she curated IMMERSE, an emerging artists exhibition as part of a pro bono collaboration with Young Art Support, Carpe Arte, and Somaiya Vidyavihar University, Mumbai. She teaches Big History and Design Futures at MITID Pune and is their Humanities curriculum designer. She is academically trained in Art History (SOAS London), Cultural Heritage Law (Geneva-UNESCO), Liberal Arts (Ashoka University), and History (Delhi University). Recently, her research has been showcased at The Unfiltered History Tour by Vice World News at the British Museum, London, and bagged 12 awards at the Cannes Lions Festival in France.