Art lovers, draw near: there’s only one way to spend this Thursday and it’s by walking down the pasta lanes of Colaba to bask in all of the art that is brimming on this side of the city. Whether it’s your first-time gallery hopping, or you’ve been a veteran to the art circuit, Mumbai’s galleries are here with shows and previews that warrant a visit.
Matthew Krishanu’s On a Limb references the 19th Century American idiom “to be out on a limb” which suggests vulnerability and fragility which you can perceive in Krishanu’s new paintings. His works not only focus on the figure in land but also reflect on the nature of time depicting a fragile time in human life – childhood.
Address: 3rd Floor, Devidas Mansion, B K Boman Behram Marg, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001
Trishla Jain | Kali (Tantra) | Nowness in Time showcased at Akara Contemporary
Nowness in Time showcases works from two of Trishla Jain’s ongoing series ‘Yantra’ (2020 – ongoing) and ‘Tantra’ (2021 – ongoing) where her paintings resemble dualities and opposing parts that exist within all of us. She referes to them as ‘yin and yang, the male and female’, which allow her to bring herself to the canvas, not in fragments but as a whole. Jain’s works invokes a sense of surrender grounded in trust that comes with letting go of control to accept freedom.
Address: 2nd Floor, Amar Chand Mansion, 3C, 16, Madame Cama Rd, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001
Parag Tandel | Vitamin Sea | Archipelagic Archivist showcased at TARQ
Curated by Shaunak Mahubani, Archipelagic Archivist is Parag Tandel’s first solo show in seven years. With the unending growth of Mumbai’s asphalt-jungle we often forget that the city was once an archipelago of seven islands. Parag Tandel from Thane’s Chendani Koliwada, archives in the form of mixed media sculptures and works on paper, the rich culture of the Kolis (inhabitants of the archipelago who maintained the vibrant ecology of the lands) alongside networks of kinship between the community and coastal ecosystems.
Address: Ground Floor, KK (Navsari) Chambers, 39B, AK Nayak Marg, Azad Maidan, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001
Dive into untold history of Tibetan resistance at Shadow Circus: A Personal Archive of Tibetan Resistance (1957-1974) exhibited at Experimenter. Through records maintained by his freedom fighter father, filmmaker Tenzing Sonam and spouse Ritu Sarin document the hidden struggle of the Tibetan community. Both feel that it is important for Indians to have a fresh perspective on the Indo-China situation with particular emphasis on the role of Tibet, which has always been a buffer between the two countries.
Address: 1st Floor, Sunny House, 16/18, B K Boman Behram Marg, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001
Chatterjee and Lal
Nihaal Faizal | Ascent | red curtains opening showcased at Chatterjee and Lal
Nihaal Faizal’s red curtains opening is a screening of 24 low-resolution watermarked sample videos of computer-generated red theatre curtains opening. As generic and easily replaceable stand-ins, these digital curtains, indicating the beginning of something, become the endless subject of repetition and variation. In turn compelling the viewer to think about reproduction in the digital age and consumerism.
Address: Floor 1, Kamal Mansion, 01/18, Arthur Bunder Rd, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400005