Join visual artists Sonia Mehra Chawla and Gigi Scaria, and cultural theorist, Ranjit Hoskote, this Art Night Thursday, as they explore ideas of the expedition as an artistic mode of interpreting real and imagined territories.

The talk will be held in conjunction with Sonia Mehra Chawla's ongoing exhibition, Scapelands, at TARQ.

Date: Thursday, 10th September 2015
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.


F35/36 Dhanraj Mahal,
CSM Marg, Apollo Bunder,
Mumbai 400001

In his essay, Mystery and Inquiry: Reflections on Sonia Mehra Chawla’s 'Scapelands', Ranjit Hoskote writes, "'Scapelands’ challenges the pessimism with which the anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss regards the possibility of quest in the modern world, on a planet unified but robbed of its mystery by technology... Sonia Mehra Chawla’s prints and video works elude the tourist’s simple categorizations; instead, they record a pilgrim’s encounters with a universe that retains a measure of unfathomable otherness."

Tying in their individual practices, the panelists will examine the strategies that inform us and remind us of the fragility of the natural world and the complexities of mapping existing and uncharted terrains. The discussion will be moderated by gallery director, Hena Kapadia.

Sonia Mehra Chawla received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts in 2001, and Masters Degree in Fine Arts in 2004 from College of Art, Delhi University and has exhibited her works in various solo and group projects in India and abroad. Her work examines the strategies that unsettle conventional wisdom about our relationship with and within nature.

Ranjit Hoskote is a cultural theorist, curator and poet based in Mumbai India. Recognized as a seminal voice in Indian art criticism from the 1990s onward, Hoskote plays an important role in shaping contemporary art discourse in India, and in registering multiple cultural issues, artistic domains, and moments of history.

Gigi Scaria completed his Bachelor’s degree in painting from the College of Fine Arts, Thiruvananthapuram and his Master’s degree in the same from Jamia Millia University, New Delhi. Scaria’s videos, installations, paintings and photographs engage with the issues of the changing character of urban developments while keeping a close eye on social systems, migration and architectural spaces of contemporary India.

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