The Show Windows: Mumbai

SqW:Lab and TARQ in collaboration with the Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 are pleased to present The Show Windows: Mumbai  – an international extension of the ongoing year-long project in Coventry, UK, curated by Charlie Levine. 

The Show Windows: Mumbai  brought to the city six site specific artworks over a period of six months, releasing three windows in November 2021 and three more in January 2022.

The windows featured two artists from Coventry, Emma Critchley and Tarla Patel, alongside four from India and the Indian Diaspora,  Ranjit Kandalgaonkar, Samanta Batra Mehta, Mario d’Souza and Avantika Bawa.

All of these artworks, framed behind the window glazing of venues in Colaba, acted as picture book pages and mirrors in which to see new narratives and reflections of ourselves and the city. Linked into the SqW:Lab themes of the domestic and process, all these works look to the ideas of ‘home’ – something that has been in the forefront of our minds as we begin to emerge from them post Covid-19 lockdown.

Here’s a great article about the project by Dilpreet Bhullar where Vishwa Shroff explains more about the project and collaboration with Coventry, UK.

Rick  by Ranjit Kandalgaonkar

This The Show Windows: Mumbai installation, Rick, by Ranjit Kandalgaonkar displays a loose chronology of autorickshaw windows looking inward; as an interiorised space – an alternate representation of home; and outward, as a window to the city.

For much over a decade, Ranjit Kandalgaonkar has been documenting his city travels in order to keep accruing this “auto data-set”. This work attempts to engage the temporary space that the various auto interiors generate in keeping with the theme and interests of the Show Windows and SqW: Lab projects, which has allowed Ranjit an opportunity to finally engage this documentation. 

Coventry to Mumbai, the photographs of Masterji with Tarla Patel

This The Show Window: Mumbai instillation, produced with Tarla Patel showcases the photography of her father, Maganbhai Patel, a Gujarati Indian photographer who migrated to Coventry, UK in 1951. Often referred to as ‘Masterji’, Patel opened Master’s Art Studio in Coventry in 1969. 

By placing these photographs of the people Masterji photographed in the windows, and a portrait of Masterji himself, Tarla invites the viewer to reflect on the changing identities of Masterji’s subjects and to contemplate the stories to be told and the lives to be lived.

For further information visit this link

The Bird & The Elephant by Emma Critchley

This film, showing as part of The Show Windows: Mumbai, celebrates the legacy of the recently closed, iconic Coventry Baths through an underwater performance; a swan song to the space. It also speaks of the threat many public pools face in the UK due to aging infrastructure and public funding cuts.

Prior to its closure in 2019 Critchley collaborated with dancer William Moore, principal dancer at Ballet Zurich, to choreograph and film an underwater performance within the pool in response to stories collected from its community of users and workers, as an ode to this unique space, a place where the artist learnt to swim and a place which holds many memories for the local community. 

The Evocative Object by Samanta Batra Mehta

 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.