95 Mani Villa curated by Amit Mehra, is a personal memoir between a grandfather, Dhanji Anklesaria and his grandson, Zishaan Akbar Latif. This is the first time that this narrative will be seen in its entirety in Mumbai. These fleeting moments were captured in the last three years of Dhanji’s life, and allowed Zishaan an opportunity to probe and understand this larger than life personality in his family. Zishaan intends to use this exhibition to create a surreal and cinematic experience for the audience through his photographs; flooding their senses with nostalgia, happiness and empathy.
Zishaan creates a very intimate space for his viewers where they can have their own unique understanding of his relationship with his grandfather. 95 Mani Villa hopes to invoke curiosity and let people see that photography can be very personal. Zishaan works with the idea that it is sometimes the small, seemingly insignificant moments in our lives that are indeed the most important. Zishaan feels fortunate to be a photographer and be able to document some of these intimate experiences.
This pictorial essay was awarded a national award in 2012 by the Press Council of India under the title “Solitary Splendour.” TARQ is pleased to announce the publication of a catalogue accompanying the exhibition that will feature essays by Ranjit Hoskote and Veerangana Solanki.
About the Artist
Zishaan Akbar Latif is a Mumbai based photographer and videographer. He has photographed for several non-profit organizations in India and describes his style as intuitive, passionate, and personal. His work has been featured in both commercial and non-commercial collections, exhibitions and publications worldwide.