Tash Kahn

Get to know SqW:Lab 2018 fellows – today we speak to artist, Tash Kahn.

Where can you be found?

Anywhere surrounded by friends.

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Gum and ringpulls, Tash Kahn, 2018

Tell us about a creative action you have taken this week.

I take photographs every day. Some are used; all are kept.

What does ‘home’ mean to you? 

Home to me is the Janis Joplin song ‘Me and Bobby Magee’. Whenever I hear that song I am home.

What was the last thing you drew?

I wanted to say my curtains! Seriously though, the last thing I drew was a chair in Portugal a few weeks ago. It was the first thing I have drawn for a while.

Tell us about 2 of your most subtle influences.

My son and any walk I take.

Please share your thoughts / a few words about your expectations of the SqW:Lab fellowship, of being in Mumbai and the project in total.

I hope this experience will enable new collaborations, both with people I know and people I don’t. My practice is becoming increasingly collaborative and I am excited by the play projects. It will enable me to view my practice from a new perspective. I am looking forward to all the new conversations – each new conversation holds potential for me and I hope my time in Mumbai will spawn many future strands of my practice.

 

 

Sutapa Biswas

Get to know SqW:Lab 2018 fellows – today we speak to artist, Sutapa Biswas.

Where can you be found?

I’m based in London, UK.

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When Night Comes, Sutapa Biswas

Tell us about a creative action you have taken this week.

I visited the Dorothea Lange exhibition ‘Politics of Seeing’ at the Barbican, London. I’ve long admired her work since I came across it an an undergraduate student in Fine Art and Art History, and this show seems incredibly relevant to our times. It was beautifully curated. Seeing Lange’s work so thoughtfully contextualised alongside the archival material from Lange’s various collaborations – for example with the author John Steinbeck, author of ‘Grapes of Wrath’ – lent nuance which made this a phenomenal exhibition.

What does ‘home’ mean to you? 

‘Home’ means so many different things for me. London, UK, is my geographic home. It’s the complex city in which I was nurtured from the age of about 5 to 18 when I then went to Leeds (UK), to study before finally returning back to London where I currently live again. Of course, in between I’ve spent extended periods of time living in other places, and when I return to those places, sometimes that also feels like ‘home’. But like all my four siblings, I was born in Santinekethan, India, where my father had taught at one of the universities and was based at the time. In my mind’s eye, it’s the first place I encountered trees, forests, and the love of my family – in particular my grandmother on my father’s side. So this too means ‘home’. Leaving India was not a choice for me or for my family at a complicated time in India’s post-independent history. Home in an ideal sense is perhaps a place that one imagines you can be at peace with oneself. For so many people there is a restlessness consequence of the violence of recent global histories. As such it seems that there is always a searching for home.

What was the last thing you drew?

The last thing I drew was an image of one of the photographs by Dorothea Lange, which I encountered at her exhibition that I mentioned earlier I had visited in London this week. The portrait is an historic record of a mother who is a refugee from the American dust bowl. The title of the work is ‘Drought Refugees from Oklahoma Camping by The Roadside (august 1936). Visitors to Lange’s exhibition were not permitted to take photographs, and I was so moved by what I saw, I felt compelled to stop and make a sketch of this work. Lange’s photographic image portrays a young woman in dishevelled clothing feeding her young infant. Both she and her child look directly back at the viewer, but it’s the mother’s gaze back at the camera that is so haunting. As if she is looking straight at the government who had commissioned Lange’s reportage. The look of desperation in her face stopped me in my tracks and brought me to tears.

Tell us about 2 of your most subtle influences.

This is a really good question, which I like because you have to think very hard about what it is that moves you through life as if it’s an invisible but hugely present force. It’s difficult to choose just two subtle influences. But if I really think hard, its perhaps my becoming a mother and through this re-learning what it is that connects me to the world. The second subtle influence is perhaps sound. And if I can list a third subtle influence, it would perhaps be light. All three things are embodied in the art and film that most ‘sits’ in my body.

Please share your thoughts / a few words about your expectations of the SqW:Lab fellowship, of being in Mumbai and the project in total.

I’m very honoured to be invited to participate in this SqW:Lab fellowship. I haven’t been to Mumbai for a number of years. Consequently, I am looking forward to being back in India and having time to reflect on some research that I have been doing for a while relating to the Dutch East India Company. Moreover, I am delighted to spend time in a geographic location that was the last place my family and I had departed from India in the 1960s. I am looking forward to making new art works on site in relation to this research and subject (I hope). I also look forward to an exciting dialogue and exchange with my fellow participants and of course with our hosts.

 

 

Rosanna Van Mierlo

Get to know SqW:Lab 2018 fellows – today we speak to art writer, Rosanna Van Mierlo.

Where can you be found?

In transit with a book. Usually a 50/50 state of lost & curious

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ICA floor, photograph, Rosanna Van Mierlo, 2018

Tell us about a creative action you have taken this week.

I have had multiple fantastic conversations with creative practitioners about the future of art writing, fiction and poetry

What does ‘home’ mean to you? 

Lit up window panes & the smell of smoke

What was the last thing you drew?

A venn diagram, i am sorry to say.

Tell us about 2 of your most subtle influences.

Drag & Derridian theory

Please share your thoughts / a few words about your expectations of the SqW:Lab fellowship, of being in Mumbai and the project in total.

Creating the creative connections and maintaining / improving existing ones, exploring possible collaborations for new project space in Denver

 

 

John Ros

Get to know SqW:Lab 2018 fellows – today we speak to artist / curator, John Ros.

Where can you be found?

new york, new york, us

harrisonburg, virginia, us

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Citizen, John Ros, 2018

Tell us about a creative action you have taken this week.

(curated) and installing “the 613” by archie rand at duke hall gallery of fine art (james madison university). also installed a solo project at driveby gallery in new market, va.

What does ‘home’ mean to you? 

coffee in bed with my husband

What was the last thing you drew?

layouts and ideas for upcoming 2-person exhibit in oct.

Tell us about 2 of your most subtle influences.

air density. found buzzing or humming sounds from things near me.

Please share your thoughts / a few words about your expectations of the SqW:Lab fellowship, of being in Mumbai and the project in total.

time to share. time to be exposed. time to make a mess. time to figure shit out. together. alone. then together again.

space to share. space to be exposed. space to make a mess. space to figure shit out. together. alone. then together again.

to make alot. to make nothing. to draw. to erase. to remember. to forget. to be.

 

 

Charlie Levine

Get to know SqW:Lab 2018 fellows – today we speak to curator, Charlie Levine.

Where can you be found?

Behind a laptop screen with a cup of tea, in south east London.  Or online @charliellevine | charlielevine.org

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Sluice__screens, Sluice__expo 2016, Brooklyn

Tell us about a creative action you have taken this week.

I was inspired by, and began developing arts and engagement projects with, Victoria Patrick, from QDT.

What does ‘home’ mean to you? 

Home is anywhere there is a comfy seat where I can watch my boyfriend cooking.

What was the last thing you drew?

A project timeline.

Tell us about 2 of your most subtle influences.

Andre Malraux’s Museum without Walls book. I’ve never read the book, rather snippets and quotes, and I think I have imagined a great deal of its content and taken that as inspiration. My Dad’s furniture warehouse, it was a place I grew up visiting a lot, playing in and exploring. It developed my sense of exploration, scale, how spaces are used, domestic furniture and play.

Please share your thoughts / a few words about your expectations of the SqW:Lab fellowship, of being in Mumbai and the project in total.

As this is not my first trip to Mumbai I am hoping to see it through the new perspectives of my fellow Fellows and the play projects. I am looking forward to exploring tourist hotspots and sharing these experiences with the group. I am hoping to be challenged and for my play project to take on a new life, led by the Fellows and by being somewhere different to my usual lone working environment. I want to explore avenues through the play projects that would not be my normal routes of inspiration. I want my processes to be disturbed by the conversations and the ripples to seep into new projects.

 

 

Sameer Kulavoor

Get to know SqW:Lab 2018 fellows – today we speak to artist, Sameer Kulavoor.

Where can you be found?

Mostly in the heart of a bustling metropolis. Specifically, taking a sabbatical in NYC for the next 40 days.

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Palm tree and charging point inside an airport, Sameer Kulavoor, 2018

Tell us about a creative action you have taken this week.

Made mockups of my upcoming book of drawings that began when I took a break in Coorg in May 2018 right after (an intense 2 year engagement with the metropolis and related themes that culminated in) my show of paintings and sculptures, A Man Of The Crowd.

What does ‘home’ mean to you? 

Home is a feeling, not a place. It means comfort to me – where i retreat/relax. It can be my physical home or even a cafe that i frequent.

What was the last thing you drew?

A pile of quilts and bedsheets lying on a carpet in my living room.

Tell us about 2 of your most subtle influences.

1) the sound of a bass guitar (but I dont play)

2) randomly found accidental colour schemes and textures

Please share your thoughts / a few words about your expectations of the SqW:Lab fellowship, of being in Mumbai and the project in total.

This is my first such ‘residency’. When Vishwa told me about the theme, I found it particularly interesting. I enjoy drawing. The domestic is something that I would like to engage with more in my work, moving forward. The other fellows seem like a very diverse set of people with diverse backgrounds. Bombay is not new to me so I am looking forward to the interactions with everyone and what comes out of them. Also will be great to see Bombay through everyones eyes. I am looking at the fellowship as an experiment with myself.

 

 

Vishwa Shroff

Get to know SqW:Lab 2018 fellows – today we speak to artist, Vishwa Shroff.

Where can you be found?

In the studio and in the kitchen.

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Work in progress, Vishwa Shroff

Tell us about a creative action you have taken this week.

Started working on a 60 day sketchbook project.

What does ‘home’ mean to you? 

Home is where I am, its spatiality akin to a jigsaw which changes over time, adopting me as much as I adopt it.

What was the last thing you drew?

oh so many things! Drawing plays a central role within my practice. I see them as durational dialogs between the building and those that have passed through them. The marking left behind within this process is what I have been drawing.

Tell us about 2 of your most subtle influences.

Paper Toys and Manga Backdrops… and theatre sets.

Please share your thoughts / a few words about your expectations of the SqW:Lab fellowship, of being in Mumbai and the project in total.

Durational dialogues permit narrative and mnemonic evolvement, allowing technical and theoretical exchanges that remain otherwise illusive in one’s own practice. Initiating an exchange platform therefore made sense. To come together for short periods with professionals from different fields that share a common interest in spatial observations and alterations, but come to it from a distinct point of view.