Nida Ghouse

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“Well, it started off as a joke,” she replies. Of course it did, I thought. But if it had brought her all the way here, no-lame-one-liner-this, must have been a great joke. We are deep in the New Great Eastern Mills of Byculla. No, wait a minute, how could this have started off as a joke? “I’m a law student. And at some point I started painting. But I wasn’t very good,” this too she delivers with the matter-of-fact precision of comic timing, which I later dumb down to Dutch humour. We are... [more]
New Space on the Block   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Nathalie Djurberg at Mumbai Art Room June 24th, 2011 - July 22nd, 2011
Posted 6/27/11
When Susan Hapgood, Senior Advisor to the Independent Curators International in New York, first came to Bombay last September, she was quick to learn that virtually all curatorial opportunities in the city — besides, perhaps, in the case of the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum — lay within its commercial gallery network. She pursued a few potential projects but had a huge amount of difficulty securing the commitment to actually get them off the ground. Furthermore, even though the words may not have... [more]
What Side's Outside?   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Prajakta Palav, Baiju Parthan, Gigi Scaria at The Guild Art Gallery July 2nd, 2010 - July 26th, 2010
Posted 7/5/10
Today, July 5, the country has gone on strike against inflation.  I've made a special request to walk in and see Constructed Realites, the group show currently running at The Guild. Driving through empty streets, the colors of  drawn shutters blurring my windscreen, I experience  a Bombay subdued, quieter than it has been on any given Sunday. With this rare absence of vehicles on the road still present in my thoughts, I enter the gallery. The first image to confront me: a mass of cars tries to... [more]
Guild Gallery   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 5/31/10
                When his video work “Iftar” was set to come to Guild Gallery in Bombay as part of a group show titled “Categorical Imperatives,” the Cairo-based artist Ayman Ramadan decided he’d take the chance to visit as well.  After Ayman left Bombay, I had a chance to ask him about his impressions of the city and what he took away from his visit.  He mentioned, among other things, the smell of street food.  From time to time he’d get a whiff of something on the streets of Cairo and... [more]
      “You know the reason Geeta Mehra thinks Jehangir Nicholsan died? His doctor had told him not to travel. But it was 2001, and the Bilbao Museum had opened and he had said he just had to go see it,” says Zasha Colah, curator of the Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation.  The Foundation is readying itself for the public with its first show slated for April 2010 in a newly designed annex of the museum, that was formerly known as the Prince of Wales. At some point, Zasha hands me a copy of a... [more]
A Little Graphic Flavor   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 1/11/10
Bangalore-born, Raghava K K’s new solo show, “Brooklyn Bound R Train,” at Art Musings echoes an autobiographical moment of the artist’s move to the city of New York.  In these paintings, the body is a contorted caricature that is never whole and seems to be in continuous contestation with its parts. The mouth appears prominently, but speech seems displaced and futile, even as it still occurs. -- Nida Ghouse [more]
Green Paper Dust   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at Lakeeren Art Gallery December 17th, 2009 - January 30th, 2010
Posted 1/11/10
    That moment of pushing past the door of a contemporary art gallery for a show that you have to review is often for me an instance of slight disorientation. Much like when the blindfold is taken off after you’ve been twirled around. The imperative is to find your feet, and make sense of what’s going on. And though the memory of past experience suggests you might manage, the thrill of vertigo ensures that there are those seconds, however few, where you do not know.   My eyes tend to wander... [more]
The impetus is easy to ascertain. Bombay might have many bookstores, but when it comes to the domain of contemporary art, there is definitely a dearth. Tushar Jiwarajka experienced this lack of art-related literature first hand. As someone who wanted to engage with the arts and was considering creating his own collection, he found nowhere in the city to purchase publications about the rhythms of the art world. As his interest in particular art practices deepened and he decided to... [more]
A Little Peak at Dayanita Singh   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Dayanita Singh at Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke November 19th, 2009 - December 31st, 2009
Posted 11/30/09
Dayanita Singh’s latest project, Blue Book, commences her exploration with color film, while it continues her examination of ‘empty spaces,’ where the uninhabited image alludes to the presence of lives via the absence of people. Places have personalities, and in the exhibition at Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke that runs till the end of this year, the strange structures of unidentified industrialized zones do more than echo the oblivion of a blue-collared class. -- Nida Ghouse (Image:... [more]
A Long Gaze at Pushpamala N.   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Pushpamala N. at Chemould Prescott Road November 9th, 2009 - December 9th, 2009
Posted 11/30/09
Walking into Chemould: black and white posters for Pushpamala N’s experimental fiction, Paris Autumn, are plastered across a ruby red wall. A few steps inside: the crimson curve of an art deco styled theatre is lined with a series of framed film stills--a cinematic installation with the aura of an invitation to the unreal. Pushing past the pink plush curtain, I entered the screening room. Having missed a few moments, I was just in time for the scene of The First Visitation. The year is... [more]
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