Home Indian Fashion “Tarq is an open-house invitation to anybody excited about creative practices and questions.” – Hena Kapadia

“Tarq is an open-house invitation to anybody excited about creative practices and questions.” – Hena Kapadia

“Tarq is an open-house invitation to anybody excited about creative practices and questions.” – Hena Kapadia


Textual content and Pictures by Asad Sheikh.

Tarq’s new location is characterised by an excessive verticality of area.

Ever since Tarq’s inception in 2014, the gallery has been on the forefront of the up to date artwork scene in Mumbai. It has represented a gamut of younger, upcoming artists who’ve gone on to make their mark each nationally and globally.

Now, almost a decade later, the gallery’s founder Hena Kapadia determined to shift its location from its first house at Dhanraj Mahal, an art-deco constructing in Mumbai’s artwork district. Tarq can now be discovered on the bottom ground of KK (Navsari) Chambers, a 100-year-old constructing in one of many bylanes close to the enduring Flora Fountain. Kapadia collaborated with Mumbai-based Japanese architect Katsushi Goto on the brand new area’s architectural particulars. In its new avatar, its design goals to strategically maximise a way of verticality.

In an earlier interview with Verve when the gallery was based, Kapadia had emphasised, “The essence of Tarq is that it’s open to vibrant dialog.” She hopes to hold the dialogue forward within the new premises that’s, for starters, distinctly bigger than its earlier one. As one walks into the gallery by way of its tall door, one is straight away aware of how excessive the ceiling is. The gallery boasts a big open space flanked with teakwood pillars that additional add to the verticality of the area. The doorway and the home windows — with darkish brown panels and brass {hardware} that stretches from the ground to the ceiling — are simply its most eye-catching elements. Cleverly positioned metal frames improve the interiors of the gallery.

Floral preparations by Nazneen Jehangir adorn the area in the course of the gallery’s opening weekend. Tarq additionally has lighting designed by Tripti Sahni.

After I go to Tarq, large inexperienced floral preparations by Nazneen Jehangir of Libellule, adorn the window alcoves. I’m knowledgeable that these could be on show for the gallery’s opening weekend — later the large home windows swivel open to let in gentle and allow passersby to get a peek of the reveals, inviting them to stroll in. Lengthy floating strips of sunshine, designed by Tripti Sahni, dance across the pillars and the perimeter of the gallery — and the home windows which are lined up on one wall promise to let in pure gentle. Teakwood traces kind the grouting on the peach-grey tile work. As one walks additional into the gallery, having explored the area with the pillars, one is led right into a smaller space additionally dotted with artworks. The library — with its removable teak wooden railing — which highlights Kapadia’s private assortment, is seen from the decrease degree.

The gallery’s inaugural exhibition is kind of aptly a solo present (Edifice Complicated, on present until 10th June, 2023), by Sameer Kulavoor, an artist whose creatives categorical his distinctive observations of areas, constructions and geographies.

In a walkthrough on the gallery, a day earlier than its official opening, Verve speaks to Kapadia about her imaginative and prescient, her motivation for the shift, and her future plans.

Excerpts from the dialog….

Why did you’re feeling the necessity to transfer out of your authentic prestigious location?
Very frankly, we outgrew Dhanraj Mahal in some unspecified time in the future. We had reached a stage the place we wanted further area for storage. So, for instance, if we wanted to rent somebody, we didn’t have the bodily bandwidth to do this. Realising the crunch, I began wanting round for viable choices. And when I discovered this place it had really been khali (empty) for about 20 years. It was simply an deserted place as a result of there had been some challenge with the owner. That was resolved and we had been in a position to lease it. It took us about eight months to get it prepared. We’ve retained some components just like the pillars, that are the unique ones.

The workplace on the rear will be accessed by way of a slim hall.

What have you ever introduced throughout out of your previous area at Dhanraj Mahal?
Of a few of the issues we wished to make use of architecturally in our new premises, one was the teakwood belongings. We’ve got additionally reused most of our previous furnishings. I might additionally prefer to suppose that the heat of the those that labored there’ll proceed right here. Now, the library is seen to everybody, which is good and completely different from earlier, the place it was inside my workplace. However entry to the library remains to be restricted.

Who did you’re employed with to create the brand new interiors?
We work with an artist referred to as Vishwa Shroff. Her companion Katsushi Goto is an architect and he’s the one who has really helped us design and put every little thing collectively — the pillars, the home windows, the flooring, all of the detailing.

I’ve been working with Vishwa since 2014 and I’ve identified Goto since 2015 so we’ve developed an incredible private {and professional} rapport. He’s paid unbelievable consideration to element, particularly by way of performance and different issues which imply quite a bit to us. Actually, Goto is transferring his architectural follow to the fourth ground (of the identical constructing) and I discovered about this vacant area by way of him.

Teakwood furnishings from its authentic location at Dhanraj Mahal finds a spot within the new gallery.

And the contractors who labored on the Dhanraj Mahal gallery labored on this one too. I firmly imagine that Tarq is constructed on its relationships, so I wished that to hold on.

What was your temporary to Goto?
I wished to maximise the pure gentle that the gallery has. Other than that I allowed him to do no matter he wished to do, so long as we retained the heat of our previous area. The design additionally needed to be sensible for us. But it surely was his imaginative and prescient totally; I feel my inputs had been extra purposeful.

There are a number of particular issues that Goto did for us, however they’re storage-related. For instance, most of our storage is upstairs so he made the library railing detachable for straightforward entry. So, what must be saved can thus be simply transported straight up from the gallery area and we don’t must lug it up through a smaller staircase.

The library contains a removable railing for performance.

Talking about design, there’s a shaggy dog story behind the sound of the doorbell. Its chirping chook sound belies its look. I requested the electrician to vary its sound, however I used to be instructed, ‘Madam, that is the sound given for this design’. And I made a decision to retain it as a result of Goto favored it.

What do you like most about your KK Chambers area?
Creating it has been a labour of affection and although we had our difficult moments, the area in its remaining kind carries the imprint of a course of rooted in collaboration and care. I actually worth the pure gentle and verticality — each these qualities are going to push us to discover fascinating curations. I’m anticipating some very lengthy set up days to carry some mad and great exhibitions to life!

What makes it mirror the essence of Tarq?
I feel we now have managed to retain the heat and authenticity that’s on the coronary heart of Tarq’s spirit. And the area has been designed to permit us to develop our gallery programme that’s fairly easy — an open-house invitation to anybody excited about creative practices and questions. Everyone seems to be welcome to the desk.

At Dhanraj Mahal because of the gallery’s construction, you had been unable to show many three-dimensional items, other than say works by artists like Rah Naqvi. On condition that the brand new Tarq is bigger and airier, do you could have any plans to shift to presenting artists who work in additional numerous mediums of artwork?

We’ve got labored with a few sculptors like Parag Tandel or with painter and ceramic artist Savia Mahajan up to now, however we haven’t completed a present with both of them for a very long time. Each have solos lined up this 12 months. I feel it’s thrilling that it’s a special arrange right here, so everybody’s going to be somewhat challenged of their practices.

Other than exhibitions, are occasions additionally on the agenda?
Occasions are one thing that we now have all the time completed; they’re within the gallery’s DNA. However publish the pandemic we now have been getting combined responses to those. Though on-line ones are slowly changing into a factor of the previous, I really feel that within the case of in-person occasions, it’s a really particular sort — maybe of the extra interactive type — that may pull in a crowd.

The place do you suppose the artwork gallery scene within the metropolis is headed?
I really feel prefer it’s rising. Once we began in 2014, it was so completely different — to get folks to return to the gallery was like pulling out their enamel! However now individuals are up in arms asking ‘The place are you transferring?’, ‘Why are you transferring?’. It feels so superb to see them so invested within the gallery. It’s great.

And to those that ask why we moved, I say, transferring was important. There are lots of utilities and operational issues that our guests received’t see however the apparent change for them could be its bigger expanse, together with its principal facade.

Take for instance Sameer’s present. In Dhanraj Mahal, our partitions wouldn’t have been in a position to accommodate greater than two of those large works. Exhibiting 4 of them concurrently would have been inconceivable there, however right here it’s been completed.

The inaugural exhibition was a solo present, Edifice Complicated, by Sameer Kulhavoor

Was it a strategic choice to have Kulavoor do the inaugural present right here, on condition that his work is rooted within the thought of constructing areas?
Sure undoubtedly! However, Sameer was prepared along with his present Edifice Complicated a lot earlier than the gallery was. I requested him to attend — to be the opening present — and fortunately he mentioned sure. And it really works proper? It’s very area centric!



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