Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2017 - Reflections

The third edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale was unveiled on December 12. An air of comfortable camaraderie quickly set in as artists, curators, writers and enthusiasts ambled through the quaint streets of Fort Kochi, making their way to the numerous locations of the art bonanza. Moving beyond its teething state, the Biennale is coming into its own as a cultural event of international significance. With each edition, the endeavor to push the

Drawn Space

What I am interested in is not the overlooked but rather the mark or signifier or physical manifestation of usage. That a space, wholly and intentionally conceived, mutates or is in a state of constant change (flux) and the marks these changes leave behind, maybe even as indicators of its initial intent.

Canvas Kavita Edition #9

Boshudhara Mukherjee's compelling woven-canvas paintings inspired the ninth session of Canvas Kavita that took place at the gallery on Saturday, November 19. The artist's unusual technique of weaving together paintings well as her passion for textiles and architecture former the take-off point for the participating poets. The act of weaving carried on as the poets created their own tapestries of woven words.


The art of making textiles, alongside pottery, is amongst the oldest techniques mastered by the human race ever since prehistoric humans discovered that by manipulating plant stems it was possible to make a sturdy cord and use it to create a dense but pliable fabric.

Canvas Kavita Edition #8

What better way to articulate the lyricism of Karan Kapoor's photographs than through poetry. The eighth edition of Canvas Kavita was another step in our creative journey with The Poetry Club, Mumbai, as we seek to discover the joys of image-word harmonies.

Interview with Robin Bell

As a part of our exhibitions at TARQ, we conduct a series of interviews with artists and practitioners to gain a better insight into their practice. In conjunction to our ongoing exhibition ‘Time and Tide’, that showcases limited edition prints by Karan Kapoor; we decided to go behind-the scenes and interview Robin Bell, a photographic printer who specializes in hand processing black and white film and hand printing black and white images.

Canvas Kavita Edition #7

We continue to be excited about our collaboration with The Poetry Club, Mumbai that took place on 3rd September. We hosted the seventh edition of ‘Canvas Kavita’, an experimental fusion of poetry and art, in conjunction with Parag Tandel's solo exhibition titled ‘Chronicle'. Poets came up to share verse written especially for the evening, on the theme of the exhibition, that focuses on ideas of ecology and migration through the vivid imagery o

Chronicle | Interview with Parag Tandel

Parag Tandel talks to us about his works that represent shapes and colours from memories of his childhood and his ideas of ecology and migration through the vivid imagery of the creatures of the sea, both real and imagined.

‘The films of Krzysztof Kieślowski’ by Joseph G. Kickasola

TARQ showcased the works of Kolkata-based photographer Ronny Sen last month. Sen was deeply inspired by ‘Three Colours Trilogy’, the cinematic work of Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieślowski, and taking a cue from the films, created his body of work. We chanced upon a detailed treatise on Kieślowski’s cinema, titled ‘The films of Krzysztof Kieślowski’ by Joseph G. Kickasola and decided to share our thoughts on the same.

‘New World Chronicles of an Old World Colour’ | An interview with photographer Ronny Sen

I have never photographed cultures and societies. I am more interested in mystery than truth, and in the way the geographic location influences me, or what it does to my memory, or how I feel when I think about a person or a place. Like someone said, “You can forget a person’s face but you will never forget how they made you feel.”

‘In Letter and Spirit’ | An interview with artist Youdhisthir Maharjan

There is something strikingly intricate about New Hampshire-based Youdhisthir Maharjan’s work, or at least what it aims at. Infinitesimal detail which demands razor-sharp viewing — or could well demand a magnifying glass —forms the premise of his body of work, almost ritualistic in its progression as he describes.

Canvas Kavita — Edition 6

In yet another collaboration with The Poetry Club, Mumbai, the sixth edition of Canvas Kavita was held at TARQ on 25th June 2016. The rather rain-soaked evening saw poets reading and sharing their compositions, created as responses to the works of artists Saubiya Chasmawala, Youdhisthir Maharjan and Muzzumil Ruheel.

Between Bookends II — Thoughts on 'Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan' (2012)

One need not be previously familiar with Boetti’s works in order to make their way through the book. Neither excessively explanatory nor elliptical, most of the essays make for breezy yet compelling reads. The compendium brims with depth, scope and historical value, and its record of several sure-footed voices tells us why Boetti remains inspirational and prominent till date.

In Letter and Spirit | An interview with artist Muzzumil Ruheel

"While the documentation of history could be flawed, the art and literature of that particular time would be a much more accurate account of detailed sentiments and actualities which when cross-referenced, could be more trustworthy. Then began the process of unlearning a lot of what I had learnt, and in doing so, I was exposed to many more realities," says artist Muzzumil Ruheel.

‘In Letter and Spirit’ | An interview with artist Saubiya Chasmawala

"With minimalist aesthetics, the starkness in my work is tempered by a texture and materiality in an almost ritualistic way of becoming 'body-less'. It is the understanding of these materials and metaphors that comprise my artistic style."

In Letter and Spirit

Nothing frustrates and saddens the reader, the lover of language, more than a script she does not know. It speaks in clear, visible but inaccessible ways of a language that lies there, waiting, even demanding to be read; but this is beyond her power, and the mysteries and delights of the language remain padlocked behind what now seems to be a mocking beauty.

Between Verse and Visuals

It’s incredible how much an experience is enriched when art forms are combined, one illuminating the other and requiring the use of multiple senses. Not only do poetry readings layer words over the experience of looking at a piece of art, they also add the element of performance. It is this combination that seems to transform observers into participants and prompt them to notice things they might otherwise have missed.

Introducing 'Between Bookends' — Flipping through ‘Creative Image’ magazine (Volume 01/Issue 01)

Launched during the Delhi Photo Festival in November 2015, the magazine, published every two months, engages with visual narratives and incisive storytelling, and traverses the works of iconic photographers alongside emerging, contemporary ones. In this day and age of visual bombardment, with a constant glut of images owing to the urge to compulsively churn out too much, too soon, some might wonder whether launching a print magazine holds ground.

Legacy of Photojournalism : The Deepak Puri Collection | An Interview with Nathaniel Gaskell

Many of the photographs in the exhibition are well known, and in some cases, quite iconic, such as the [Sebastião] Salgados. What's special about this exhibition, however, is that these particular prints are unique - they were made especially for Deepak, and are signed and annotated with messages of thanks to him, for his part in making them possible. As the photo editor for TIME Magazine, he had a personal relationship with all the photographers

In Circles of Cadence

The combination of poetry and visual art breathed life into the varied mediums, engaging the audience to look and listen. Stopping to pay attention to a poem not only provides an opportunity to focus on a particular work, but also to look at the work from different perspectives and think about it in new ways.

Feedback Loop

Feedback Loop is a system arrangement that causes an output from one node, which eventually causes an input to that node. It is a channel or a pathway formed by ‘effect’, returning to its ‘cause’, and generating either more or less of the same effect.

Visual Vocabularies

The confluence of visual art with the literary form, and the performance of the same, almost layers words over the experience of looking at the photographs, even creating dimensions of appreciating each photograph differently.

I Speak to Sita

Given our interest in conversations across disciplines, practices and forms, we continue to be excited about our collaboration with The Poetry Club, Mumbai. On 20th February, we hosted the second edition of ‘Canvas Kavita’, where poets came up to share verse written especially for the evening, on the theme of the epic poem ‘Ramayana’, a crucial link between India and Sri Lanka.

Cartographies of Meaning: Towards A Sociology of Contemporary Art

On 19th February, 2016, we hosted an engaging lecture titled 'Cartographies of Meaning: Towards A Sociology of Contemporary Art' by Professor Sasanka Perera from South Asian University, New Delhi. This was organized in conjunction with Pala Pothupitiye's exhibition 'Sri Sri Lanka' which was on at TARQ from 22nd January to 20th February.

Interrogating notions of beauty and body image

In this article, I attempt a thoughtful engagement with some of the voices I heard in The World Before Her. These voices are not idiosyncratic expressions of random individuals. They represent varying visions not only of beauty and success but also of Indian culture and womanhood.

Becoming Indian: An Interview with Jonathan Gil Harris

We present an interview with Jonathan Gil Harris, author of 'The First Firangis', a curious mix of autobiography, history and speculative fiction. He dips into archives, and his own bodily experience, to tell the stories of 'firangis', or foreigners, from faraway lands who moved to India and built a new life.

When images melt into words

Art forms, however varied and disparate, often speak to each other. They parody, seek inspiration, or tease out new meanings. It is exciting to see how creative practitioners working with different forms engage with the works they encounter as audience. For the first edition of 'Canvas Kavita' on January 9, a group of poets put together an evening of curated spoken word poetry responding to the works in Soghra Khurasani's show 'Cratered Fiction'.

Questioning Knowledge, Rethinking Education: A Conversation with Pala Pothupitiye

Pala Pothupitiye is a Sri Lankan artist who wears his post-colonial identity on his sleeve. His art practice is strongly rooted in an awareness of the history of the land he comes from. His discussion of his works makes frequent references to those who came from elsewhere to claim territory, plunder natural resources, build institutions, and establish their rule. Education, according to Pothupitiye, is one of the primary tools of colonization.

This Cow, That Cow

The visual shock of Aviral Saxena's 'Holy Cow' marks a sharp contrast to Raja Ravi Varma's 'Chaurasi Dev Darshan'. Saxena imagines the body of the cow as a landfill, containing the urban waste generated endlessly by human beings. As part of his research, Saxena made numerous visits to overflowing garbage dumps in Mumbai, and listed out the various harmful objects that end up inside the bodies of cows: pins, condoms, thermocol, plastic, and more.

Pushing Boundaries: Design on the Edge

Bellevue Salons brings its salon-style conversations to TARQ with a host of exciting voices from across India.

From rage to roses: The art of Soghra Khurasani

The stunning landscapes in Soghra Khurasani's latest art show Cratered Fiction (2015) come from a long history of personal negotiations around her identity as a woman and her faith as a Muslim. Growing up in Vishakhapatnam, she had not tasted the freedom that her education in Vadodara would later offer.

Supporting Cast: The Side Sculptures at a Temple Site

Peering into what seemed like haphazardly places panels, I tried to decipher stories.