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.

home away from home by Mario d’Souza

In his work home away from home, Mario d’Souza explores colour and texture through the lens of interpersonal and societal separations that arise due to differences in culture. For The Show Windows: Mumbai, d’Souza explores the various forms a textile can take on and how elements embedded in their cultural symbolism are routinely used and expressed by the people he interacts with.  Using his hybrid background as an Indian-French person as a pathway to deliver an awareness of thought, spiritual principles, multiculturalism, migration, identity and self-exploration, d’Souza creates an environment that envelops the viewer in another culture and experience, something he calls his swaddharma: ‘home away from home’.
On view from 11th November 2021 at Essajee’s Atelier, Ground Floor, Lansdowne House, Battery St, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001
Mario d’Souza is an artist living in between France and India, working on the concept of home away from home. His body of work explores the discovery of space and how to formalize space as a work of art, living space, historical space, present space and most of all a space of celebration! The idea of creating installations, to walk into, relive, understand and give rise to a high breed and this context, helps to build a bridge in between cultures.

Scaffolds in Red by Avantika Bawa

This The Show Window: Mumbai, Scaffolds in Red by Avantika Bawa, is an extension of the artist’s exploration of modularity and the built environment through scaffolds. Here, the artist uses combinations of colour, form, scale and location to respond to the topography and geography of the site, transforming the scaffold beyond its functional purpose into an aesthetic engagement with space.
The lines of these cut out radium vinyl works echo the silhouettes of the building as well as Mumbai’s ever evolving and glowing skyline. 
On view from 11th November 2021 at Le Mill, 1st Floor, Pheroze Building, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Marg, above Indigo Deli, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400005
Avantika Bawa lives and works in Portland, Oregon. Originally from New Delhi, India, she received an MFA in Painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA in the same from the Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, India.She has participated in the Skowhegan, Ucross Foundation, MacDowell, Kochi Biennial Foundation, Yucca Valley Material Lab, and Djerassi residencies among others. Noteworthy solo exhibits include shows at The Portland Art Museum, OR, Schneider Museum, Ashland, OR, Suyama Space, Seattle, WA, The Columbus Museum, GA; Saltworks Gallery and the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center, Atlanta, GA; Nature Morte and Gallery Maskara in India; White Box, Tilt Gallery & Project Space and Disjecta, Portland, OR.
Bawa is the recipient of several awards, notably the Oregon Arts Commission Joan Shipley Award, the Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts 2018 Golden Spot Residency Award, and the Hallie Ford Fellowship presented by the Ford Family Foundation. In April 2004 she was part of a team that launched Drain – Journal for Contemporary Art and Culture.
In 2014 Avantika was appointed to the board of the Oregon Arts Commission. She is currently Associate Professor of Fine Arts at Washington State University, Vancouver, WA.

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. 

Featuring two artists from Coventry, alongside four from India and the Indian Diaspora, The Show Windows: Mumbai  brings to the city six site specific artworks over a period of three months. Opening on Art Night Thursday, November 11th, these artworks, framed behind the window glazing of venues in Colaba, will act as picture book pages and mirrors in which to see new narratives and reflections of ourselves and the city. 

As we re-join public spaces after a long period of being at home, The Show Windows aims to inspire hope, adventure and imagination, inviting us to rediscover multi-faceted Mumbai, ever-evolving and home to diverse and creative communities and businesses, and its people. The artworks in Mumbai intend to examine the domestic, and create portals to other domestic spaces, or narratives around stories of the home. With three windows launching in November 2021, for Coventry UK City of Culture’s ‘Coventry in the World’ month, and three windows being installed January 2022 to celebrate the ‘Being Human’ month.

The windows in Mumbai have been conceptualised by Avantika Bawa, Emma Critchley, Mario d’Souza, Ranjit Kandalgaonkar, Samanta Batra Mehta, and Tarla Patel and celebrate the different interpretations of the idea of home, in keeping with SqW:Lab’s preoccupations with domesticity. 

Work in Progress: 2020 Solanki & Levine

As Covid-19 disrupted the world, so too did it disrupt the final Play Projects for the 2020 Fellows. Rather than present duo’s final projects, we’re sharing the works in progress instead, to allow ourselves the time to get them right.

Here is a draft of fellow, Veeranganakumari Solanki, and director, Charlie Levine’s Dining Play Project: V & C Curiosity Kitchen, as set by Katsushi Goto. Levine and Solanki’s Play Project is realised as a book that the two curators invite you to open at any point and to play, make notes in, share and never finish.