> Appropriation Disinformation- Nature and the Body Politic

Apnavi Makanji

10 September - 30 September, 2020

The team at TARQ is delighted to present Apnavi Makanji’s Appropriation Disinformation - Nature and the Body Politic for the first time in India. Initially exhibited at this year’s Dhaka Art Summit, entitled "Seismic Movements" curated by Diana Campbell Betancourt, the materials for the work were sourced from the Atlas International Larousse Politique et Economique (1950). These pages making up Makanji’s collages are records of the treasures of the globe as represented through the eyes of the imperial powers in their quest for progress and the modern condition. In fact, these pages of statistics are effectively lists of extractivism. They remain silent on violence inflicted on the environment, on modern-day slavery and on the displacement of indigenous communities. The artist has chosen to look at them instead as tools of capitalism and proof of systematic violence. These collages are not only a representation of what has been forgotten, buried or annihilated, they also stand in for a subconscious that is mutant and diseased. In its soft sensuality and secretions, the work attempts to trigger a visceral memory of a situated environment that existed before it was reduced to highly mobile commodities. Makanji works with the media of installation, drawing, and film, producing complex constructs informed by botany, memory, displacement and environmental urgency. They are interested in exploring the intersection of these concepts within the context of the human engendered climate emergency. This text has been reproduced in part from the catalogue of Seismic Movements – the catalogue of the 2020 Dhaka Art Summit. Click here to enter Online Viewing Room

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Apnavi Makanji

Apnavi Makanji's (b. 1976) body of work spans the mediums of drawing, installation and video. Their preoccupations center around displacement, ecology with an emphasis on botany, explorations of memory and the idea of home. The interaction of this synthesis with the construct of urban spaces and the socio-economic structure of our times, lies at the core of their work. Their latest solo show was Soil as Witness | Memory as Wound, TARQ, Bombay, 2019.Their other solo shows include Travails of the Wandering Memory Seed, Galerie Félix Frachon, Brussels, 2016, Domus Vulgus, Art Asia Miami (with support from The Guild NY) Miami 2010; Domus Vulgus, The Guild NY, New York 2010. Makanji recently participated in the Dhaka Art Summit (February 2020). They have taken part in several group shows including Narrow Road to the Interior, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, 2019; Remembering the Present, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, 2018; Carnets, Halle Nord, Geneva, 2017; Raving Disco Dolly on a Rock ‘n’ Roll Trolley, Envoy Enterprises, New York, 2014; Considering Collage, Jhaveri Contemporary, Bombay, 2013. Makanji lives and works in Geneva.


  • The Indian Express – Galleries in Mumbai reopen with new shows & safety guidelines

    Gallery TARQ reopens with a suite of collages by Apnavi Makanji, a Geneva-based artist known to explore ideas of ecology, home and memory. Tarq’s owner, Hena Kapadia, said her space is prioritising the safety of visitors by asking them to fill out an online form with contact details for an appointment. Visiting slots are scheduled at 15-minute intervals to ensure distancing. Kapadia said, “My team and I are genuinely excited to meet people we haven’t been able to see in so long.” While her gallery has had virtual exhibitions and events during lockdown, seeing an artwork in a physical setting is qualitatively different, she added.

    The Indian Express
    10 Sep 2020
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    TARQ Apnavi Makanji's work has made its way to India for the first time. About the significance of Appropriation Disinforma­tion - Nature and the Body Politic, gallerist Hena Kapadia says, "The works consist of collages on pages from a 70-year-old encyclopaedia - the background of each work lists regions exploited by colonis­ers over the years for their various metals and minerals."

    10 Sep 2020
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  • Live Mint- The art season is here and raring to go

    Geneva-based artist Apnavi Makanji’s drawings and installations have always added a layer of meaning to archival material, creating complex constructs informed by botany, memory and displacement. In their new series, Makanji has taken archival material from a French atlas, Atlas International Larousse Politique Et Economique, dating back to the 1950s, and layered it with collages of fictitious dead and decaying monsters made with found pages of a magazine. “By taking this atlas, she has looked at tools of capitalism and proof of systematic violence. The atlas also lists the materials that came from the colonies. Hence the work examines the injustice of resource distribution," says gallerist Hena Kapadia, who is showing these works as part of the show Appropriation Disinformation—Nature And The Body Politic, at Tarq, Mumbai. These collages were shown earlier this year at the Dhaka Art Summit as part of the exhibition Seismic Movements, curated by Diana Campbell.

    Mint Lounge
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    Geneva-based artist Apnavi Makanji’s Appropriation Disinformation - Nature and the Body Politic is currently on display at TARQ in Colaba, for the first time in India.It was initially exhibited at the Dhaka Art Summit earlier this year.

    Mumbai Mirror
    19 Sep 2020
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    When artist Apnavi Makanji showcased her collages at the Dhaka Art Summit earlier this year, it sparked many interesting conversations with the viewers. In the exhibition Seismic Movements, curated by Diana Campbell, Makanji’s work sought to highlight how imperialism has defined our geopolitical and economic present, through the filter of ecology. These works titled Appropriation Disinformation—Nature and the Body Politic are on display for the first time in India at Tarq, Mumbai till the end of this month.

    AD Magazine
    22 Sep 2020
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    An engaging show that revisits history, ‘Appropriation Disinformation- Nature and the Body Politic’ was initially exhibited at the Dhaka Art Summit, titled ‘Seismic Movements.’ This month it will be showcased for the first time in India at TARQ, Mumbai. Makanji’s collages serve as a commentary on a myriad of issues associated with globalisation and free trade like the climate emergency, the displacement of indigenous communities and lands that existed before colonisation and ‘extractivism’ which refers to the extraction of minerals to sell on the global market. 

    Design Pataki
    29 Sep 2020
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    The final view from the room would be an open call to judging information that could be just, and yet, treacherous to the eye. An occupant of TARQ’s viewing room was artist Apnavi Makanji’s “Appropriation Disinformation - Nature and the Body Politic”. It turned to a different stretch of a map to elaborate on the collision and spirit of nature and the body politic. With maps from Atlas International Larousse Politique et Economique (1950), Makanji’s collection of treasures was also a glimpse into how this stop could be anywhere on the map and you could visit it just the same.

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