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CURRENT EXHIBITION AT THE CAFE...
SOLO SHOW | Puja Vaish
Vintage Bicyclists show of found photography by PAT
CONTEXTOMY | Rick Hirtle
Contextomy refers to an style of quoting in which a passage is removed from its surrounding matter in such a way as to distort its intended meaning. In this series a similar practice has been applied by removing a subject from its surrounding in such a way as to obscure the original context. Thus everyday peculiarities become laden with mystery, comedy or even vulgarity. It’s on this basis that Rick has built a collection of images that include such varying subjects as a visa office bathroom in Hong Kong, a lone cow in a desolate stretch of the Australian outback, a handicapped person in Tokyo, an armed drunken man in China, a stray cat on a Mumbai commuter train and other pictures mashed together to present stories that are intriguing but far from obvious.
About the artist... Rick Hirtle is a professional documentary and commercial photographer from Toronto, Canada who specializes in making unrestricted images with a focus on social outsiders and human issues. He has traveled extensively around the globe in pursuit of his personal work. His photographs have appeared in countless exhibitions in Australia, Asia and North America. Most recently in the Born Into This Show presented by the Scion Automotive Corporation in Toronto, Canada. For more please visit www.rickhirtle.com
ABANDONED | Deepshikha Jain
For print sales please ask at the café or contact Deepshikha on 098198 51510 / firstname.lastname@example.org
part one | Gitanjali Dang
In the back room, part one by Gitanjali Dang. May 29th to June 2nd
and in the other back room...
Guerilla Store (On until 7th June 2011)
The current show is an exhibition by Obataimu Design Studio in concert with the café.
A little about Obataimu:
A bit about the show:
Some of the interesting products on display:
Kainaz Amaria. From 13th October 2010 to 12th December 2010
Collectively the images became a visual diary - pixel memories, but also a statement on the complexities of a developing dreamland.
Her photographic images and multimedia have been recognized by contests including College Photographer of the Year, Women in Photojournalism, Atlanta Photojournalism Conference, the Nations Press Photographers’ Contest and the South Asian Journalists Association. She was named a Chips Quin Scholar in 2007 and was a graduate teaching assistant at Ohio University.
In 2009, Kainaz was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship, to work on a nine-month project documenting the Parsi community in Mumbai, India. Soon after her arrival, “Dream Mumbai” began - as a daily visual diary of her surroundings.
An exhibition of photo prints by Aparna Jayakumar
27th August to 12th October 2010
The Parsis of Mumbai are a social people. They have a packed calendar, and can be seen at agiaries and charitable gatherings, weddings and navjotes, at the race-courses and at shareholder meetings, at Parsi panchayat meetings and elections. Once a year they turn up in their numbers at Rustom Baug, for the Annual Zoroastrian Power-Lifting and Bodybuilding Championship, open only to Parsi musclemen (and women) from all over the country.
This set of photographs of Parsis by Aparna Jayakumar, taken earlier this year at the ninth edition of the competition, is a celebration both of community (sometimes thought to be in decline) and of the body (clearly in good shape). The pictures record the animation of muscular bodies, but also that of the human face as it watches and sometimes wanders: they catch a Feroze as he flexes those biceps that have been in training all year long for this day, but also perhaps a Jamshed as he suddenly remembers hanging out with Freny on Marine Drive on a winter evening in 1965.
The photographs show an awareness that any public event involves not just an audience watching the actors, but also the actors watching the audience, and taking their cues from them. Casting their net widely about the scene of the event, they construct a narrative that roves back and forth across the line of the stage, creating a palpable sense of intimacy and drama. Parsis young and old, happy and gloomy, flexed and at ease, fill these photographs with their myriad looks and emotions.
Aparna Jayakumar is a photographer living and working in Bombay. She has spent a better part of this year working on a book about Bombay's relationship with the black-and-yellow Padmini taxi.
Title Courtesy: Farida Hussain
Prints from the series are available in limited editions of 10 in the following sizes:
For enquiries contact: email@example.com or ask at the café
Ally Reeves is a Fulbright Scholar from Pittsburgh, PA working in Mumbai. A Contextual artist, her work mixes research and traditional arts practice to produce rich imagery.
Charting the Informal Terrain… is a mixed-media body of work created by Ally Reeves that explores the possibilities of artists as researchers and freelance sculptors of urban space. Reeves offers a new perspective on a social and economic section of Indian society that’s seen as essential one minute and obnoxious the next: Mumbai’s 300,000+ street vendors.
TEJAL SHAH EXHIBITION
Kala Ghoda Café in collaboration with gallery Project 88 presents part of the Cityscape series by artist Tejal Shah at the café from 23rd May, 2010 onwards.
As she does this, the imperceptible movements of her breathing and heaving hands and in that sense, the very presence of her being is recorded on film. The resulting photograph then is as much what we see as what we'll never be able to see;the artist in flesh and blood, in the act of capturing. The trails of light or the errant man-made structures that seem to shake and vibrate are not as such because the lights or the buildings were moving at the time of photographing, but because the artist moved.
Incidentally, in these rather lonely scapes not a single human being appears. The images remark the presence of absence.
Opens May 23, 2010
Cityscape series is comprised of 8 images in total. For any sales enquires please contact Zakia at the gallery Project 88, BMP Building, Ground Floor, N.A. Sawant Marg, Near Colaba Fire Station, Colaba, Mumbai - 400 005; T +91 22 2281 0066/0099; F +91 22 2281 0099; E- firstname.lastname@example.org; www.project88.in
PAST EXHIBITIONS AT THE CAFE
February, March 2010
A series of colour pictures exploring the recreational landscapes in different places. Of initial interest here is the overall landscape and often – the spacing between people. On closer inspection though, many more details become apparent. Such as the pug-owners club at a Tokyo beach on a Sunday morning; or the honeymooning couple experiencing snow for the first time in Himachal; or the baseball in mid-flight at Tokyo Dome stadium with thousands of spectators observed from above…
The prints from this series are available as singles of an edition of 10 (+ 2 artist proofs), titled and signed with edition number, printed on archival Epson paper with archival inks. Size: 54cm x 54cm - (As currently on display at the KGC).
FIRST PHOTO SHOW AT THE KALA GHODA CAFE
Night Preview: Friday March 27th 2009, 6pm - 11pm
works from the exhibition will be shown throughout April at the Kala
Ghoda Cafe (open everyday excluding Mondays)
is a collective of poets, filmmakers, anthropologists and
is a collection of works produced from found
The SUSPECT Collective is Ashim Ahluwalia, Dale Cannedy Azim, Farhad Bomanjee and Shumona Goel.