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Ephemeroptera: Time After Time

June 22-July 29, 2023

TARQ Ground Floor, KK (Navsari) Chambers, 39B AK Nayak Marg, Fort, Mumbai, India

TARQ and Gallery XXL announce their exhibition Ephemeroptera: Time After Time. The show features artists Amitabh Kumar, Daku, Nibha Sikander, Philippe Calia, Sajid Wajid Shaikh, and Vishwa Shroff.  It is curated by Dhwani Gudka, founder of Special Projects, an art advisory practice based out of India.

Ephemeroptera is the scientific name for Mayflies – creatures whose lives span anywhere between thirty minutes to twenty-four hours. Early in his career, Sigmund Freud wrote about the evanescence of life and nature enhanced the beauty of it. Seasons, growth, decay and death exist in a periodic cycle, and yet, it is natural that we mourn the loss of it all… In this exhibition, we see works that try to fossilise images, we see attempts at capturing the residues of loss – memorials to lost buildings, species and ways of life. Using wit, humour and history, the present exhibition is a meditation on memory, permanence and transience.

This selection of artists, whose trajectories have seen multiple crossovers, are now presenting works that contemplate the transient nature of being. The exhibition marks not only a collaboration between two galleries, but with mutual admiration, extends the joint mission of creating inclusive and accessible spaces that exceed conventional norms existing within contemporary art.

Find out more about the show here