Born in 1983, Soghra Khurasani is a Vadodara-based artist, though she was raised in the city of Visakhapatnam. She holds a master’s degree in printmaking from the School of Fine Art, Maharaja Sayajirao University in Vadodara (2010), and an undergraduate degree in painting from the Andhra University, Visakhapatnam (2008).
Khurasani’s solo shows include her debut ‘One day it will come out’, a collaborative project of Clark House Initiative and TARQ, Mumbai, curated by Sumesh Sharma and Hena Kapadia (2014); ‘Reclaiming Voices’, curated by Noman Ammouri, Kalakriti Art Gallery, Hyderabad (2014); and ‘To Speak for the Mute’ at the Gitler & gallery, New York (2015). Her selected group exhibitions: ‘Memento Mori’, TARQ, Mumbai (2015); ‘Regional Art Exhibition’, Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai (2014); ‘Multiple Encounters’, AIFACS, New Delhi (2013); ‘Visual Evidence’, Clark House Initiative, Mumbai (2013); and ‘Interstices’— a collateral project of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012. A recipient of the National Academy Award granted by the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi (2015), Khurasani has participated in the Religare Arts Residency in New Delhi (2011), and the Lalit Kala Akademi’s National Printmaking Camp in Vadodara (2012).
26 Apr 2014 - 07 Jun 2014
TARQ is proud to present its second exhibition “One day it will come out” by Baroda based Soghra Khurasani, opening on Saturday 26th April 2014. This is the artist’s first solo show. The show looks into her complex practice, which revolves around her visceral reaction to the political and religious realities of being in India today. She keeps returning to the imagery of blood cells in her work, and thus systematically blurs the lines between powerful emotions and biological reality.
The display includes several forms of printmaking as well as new media work, through which the artist is able to explore and express ideas of beauty and violence, using an incredible attention to detail. Her print works include the use of the woodcut, etching and serigraphy techniques. We are delighted to be able to display some of Soghra’s wood blocks, from which she has made the prints on display, as these are artworks in their own right, and are essential to understanding the artist’s process
The body of work is accompanied by a catalogue published in collaboration with the Clarke House Initiative, featuring an essay by Sumesh Sharma, who has been closely involved with Soghra’s practice.
11 Dec 2015 - 16 Jan 2016
‘Cratered Fiction’is artist Soghra Khurasani’s second solo exhibition at TARQ, and features the artist’s signature woodcut prints on paper. Her new series of prints is exhibited along with some of her earlier works that explore the beginning of themes currently pivotal to her practice. Her expansive, subtle landscapes are vividly coloured in hues of red, with each print speaking in multiple layers of imagination that refuses to reveal itself with ease. Growing past the violent imagery of the volcano that dominated her first exhibition, Khurasani’s focus shifts to the dormant, yet life-sustaining crater.
Curator Sumesh Sharma looks at the works from a critically feminist point of view, specifically using the filters of misogyny and gender inequality to contextualise the landscapes with current events in India, and in the world. According to him, Khurasani’s works engage with the landscape, and with the idea of the body as nature to prompt a discussion from their viewers.The artist’s practice as a whole can be seen as reactions to a variety of situations that women face, starting with the banal indignities of eve-teasing, to the more complex role that women play in popular Bollywood movies, and ultimately the violent realities of persecution.
In his essay, Sharma notes that “Cratered Fiction exists as a narrative of surreal landscapes that … expect a debate on the concerns they project. Soghra Khurasani presents a relay of landscapes that urge a catharsis that can come about by allowing women to be heard in equal voices.” He points out that hers is “a fictional response to atrocities that she has not witnessed but imagined in courageous empathy.”
Exhibition Catalogue: Cratered Fiction