Clare Arni

Clare Arni is a photographer based in Bangalore, India. Her work encompasses architecture, travel, social documentary and cultural heritage. She has been published by leading British book publishers Phaidon, Thames and Hudson and Dorling Kindersley. She has also contributed work to magazines like Abitare (Italy) Tatler, Conde Nast (UK) Wallpaper, The Wall street journal and Harvard Design magazine as well as many Indian magazines. Her solo photographic books document the history of the architecture of Banaras, Palaces of the Deccan, the recent excavations of Hampi, the capital of the Vijaynagar Empire and a four month journey along the course of the river Kaveri. Her solo exhibitions document the lives of marginalized communities in some of the most remote regions of India and the disappearing trades of urban India. Her work has been exhibited Internationally at the Essl Museum, Vienna Austria, Grosvenor Vadehra, London, Bose Pacia, New York, Berkeley art museum, California and is the permanent collection of the Saatchi Gallery, London, the Freer/Sackler gallery of the  Smithsonian Institute, Washington and Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.


Disappearing Professions of Urban India

01 Mar 2014 - 07 Apr 2014

TARQ is proud to present its inaugural exhibition “Disappearing Professions of Urban India” by photographer Clare Arni, opening on Saturday, 1st March 2014. The artist’s first solo show in Mumbai features digital photographs taken over the last six years across seven major Indian cities, including Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai and Kolkata. The intention of the works is to explore the historical patterns of vanishing professions, their attempts to adapt to survive. Many of the skilled artisans documented are struggling, most said their children were not going to follow them into the profession and some have since ceased to be employed.

The selection of photographs at TARQ looks into the vibrant variety of people, textures and colours that we will be losing out on as these professions cease to operate. Clare is able to capture unique vistas of the cities she explores, looking not only at crafts that will be lost to us, but also sights, and places that are rapidly evolving into a colder, unfamiliar space. 

The body of work is accompanied by narratives written by Oriole Henry, who, with the artist researched the professions traditionally associated with the city or state in question. In documenting both the show as well as the vanishing professions of a nation, TARQ is proud to publish, in collaboration with Spenta Multimedia, a catalogue of select works from the show, as well as their stories.

Anatomy of Stillness

01 Oct 2015 - 28 Oct 2015

“Anatomy of Stillness” is Clare Arni’s second solo exhibition at TARQ and features a selection of works from the artist’s career. In her vivid photographs, the artist documents the cultural heritage of South Asia, exploring the alchemy of still life through the beauties and intricacies of the region’s varying imagery.

These snippets of stillness have been captured by Clare over the years in what are otherwise chaotic, often claustrophobic spaces, and invite the viewer into a calmer, more contemplative space. Drawing on the artist’s long-standing practice of engaging with her immediate environment, her pictures offer a deeply personal interpretation of stillness drawn from her encounters with the quotidian.

Exhibition Catalog: Anatomy Stillness
TARQ Mumbai

Notorious Rowdies

15 Sep 2017 - 19 Oct 2017

Clare Arni’s interest in “Notorious Rowdies” began some years ago while scouring the crime beat columns of the Deccan Herald, which were filled with dramatic references to rowdies and their nefarious activities. Each rowdy had many aliases charting their criminal career, with forenames names like Dairy, Chicken and JCB. This is when it struck her that perhaps there was a latent rowdy in each of us, wanting to be released. She began to approach friends, fellow artists and writers, who were game to find their inner rowdy. Each volunteer was requested to search within themselves and reach out to their rowdy persona, rich with a background and crime sheets. Over several conversations, the individual rowdies would slowly emerge, with the intricate details developing gradually - what were they likely to wear, where would they hangout, what crimes would they commit.

What began as a fun exploration eventually turned into a serious performance based project, that unearthed each participant’s inner fantasies, and allowed both, participant and artist to delve deeper into notions of violence and voyeurism.

This exhibition is accompanied by a text written by author Zac O’Yeah, who was one of Clare’s first “Rowdies.”