Who we are

Square Works Laboratory (SqW:Lab) is a 3 month programme in Mumbai for cultural practitioners from all over the world.  The aim is for creative practitioners from various disciplines to come together, play, work site responsively, showcase their process in the form of drawings, doodles and notes, and be inspired by each other and find innovative legacy projects.

SqW:Lab was founded in 2018 by artist Vishwa Shroff, architect Goto Katsushi, curator Charlie Levine, critic/curator Rose van Mierlo and artist Tash Kahn.


SqW:Lab is a multi faceted research fellowship, with four core members that each year each invite a ‘plus 1’.  This invitee is a fellow creative practitioner who is asked to be part of the project, contribute to the conversation and contribute to SqW:Lab’s research themes of drawing, the domestic and process.

2020 fellows

2018 fellows


Looking at: Memory Architecture Play Project

Looking through Zarina Hashmi’s print series “Homes I Made a Life in Nine Lines, 1997” and “Home is a Foreign Place, 1999”, Memory Architecture Play project investigates our notion and perception of homes trough mnemonic recollections. It aims to question spatial distortions of scale, objects and activities summoned during the process of recall. While in …

Looking at: the Tender Buttons PlayProject

Following in Gertrude Stein’s footsteps, the project was an exercise in the “defamiliarization of the familiar while simultaneously familiarizing the unfamiliar”. The exercise thus provided a lens through which to reframe the everyday. It was an encouragement to ‘switch’ between familiar and normative modes of production, media, and poetics. While in Mumbai, poems were distributed …