| In a nostalgic retelling of childhood memory, artist Samanta Batra Mehta’s project, The Evocative Object, for The Show Windows: Mumbai, invites the viewer into a space of play and unbridled imagination. She uses an assemblage of collected antiquarian and vintage objects to evoke memories of her childhood creative journeys and share a sense of whimsy and hope. |
On view from 11th November 2021 at Raw Mango, Reay House, 1, BEST Marg, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001
Samanta Batra Mehta often works with altered images and intricate mark-making. Her practice revolves around the notion of identity and space, where the idea of Samanta Batra Mehta’s work has been exhibited in the US and abroad including at the Queens Museum of the Arts, the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts and Aicon Gallery in New York, the Hunterdon Museum and the Visual Arts Center in New Jersey, the Taubman Museum of Art in Virgina, and Fondazione Fotografia Cassa di Risparmio di Modena, Italy, among others. Galerie LMD, Paris showcased her 24 foot long site-specific mural at the Salon Du Dessin Contemporain, at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris. Her work was included in the ‘Reading Room’, a Partner Exhibition at the 2014 Kochi Biennale. Apart from gallery shows, Samanta’s work has been showcased at Art Stage, Singapore, India Art Fair, Bologna Arte Fiere , Art Basel Hong Kong and Art Dubai. Her first solo, ’Cabinet of Curiosities’, with Shrine Empire, New Delhi in was nominated for the Forbes India Art Award in the ‘Best Debut Solo’ category in 2014. She was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s 2015 Painters & Sculptors Grant Award and the Wave Hill’s 2020 Winter Workspace Residency in New York. Her works are included in private and public collections including at Fondazione Fotografia Cassa di Risparmio di Modena in Italy, the RPG Group, The Jindal Collection, the Birla Art Foundation, India among others.