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There is always plenty to see in Mumbai’s flourishing art scene, and this month is no exception, with several interesting exhibitions showing in and around the arts precinct in Colaba.
In her debut solo show, Parul Thacker exhibits a range of sculptures, illustrations and photography in Eternal Recurrence. The artist is known for her use of light in multi-media installations to create patterns and visions in her art. In this exhibition, she uses fibre as a common theme that is weaved through Himalayan crystals.
The installations are dramatic and explore different textures, surfaces and depth, compelling the audience to draw its own thoughts about each piece. Born and raised in Mumbai, Thacker is an alumna of the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, a place where she learned traditional weaving techniques and began using them in contemporary and unconventional ways.
Eternal Recurrence is at Galerie Mirchandani+Steinruecke, 2 Sunny House, Colaba until April 29.
Noida Soliloquy & Sleepers
Exploring subjects at night, Dhruv Malhotra set out to show the “unseen” people who are hidden within the shadows. With photographs — some of the works have been shown in in San Francisco, Rome and France — spanning over five years, Noida Soliloquy & Sleepers (2007–2012) was shot across Delhi, Noida, Gurgaon, Jaipur, Goa and Kolkata, providing different perspectives across India. Malhotra photographed the “sleepers” that he saw in the parks and on streets resting through the night.
With each shot taken with long exposures that range from a few minutes to a couple of hours, Malhotra occasionally found that subjects awoke as they were being photographed. This movement is reflected in some of the shots, giving some of the images an eerie feel, like you are looking in on another world.
Noida Soliloquy & Sleepers is showing at Chatterjee & Lal, Kamal Mansion, Colaba until May 4.