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Macaqophony: Gargi Chandola

February 18-March 12, 2023

Method Kala Ghoda, 86, Nagindas Master Road, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Method Kalaghoda presents Macaqophony by Gargi Chandola, a self-trained visual artist.

This exhibition showcases the intricate, traditional Indian miniature art form to explore dominance in society. Gargi’s works in the exhibition are an important and provocative commentary on individual and collective behavior – and their outcomes. The unique details of each piece stay true to the essence of Indian miniature, a spellbound that the viewer will only truly and wholly appreciate through careful, patient observation.

Each of the sixteen artworks features an anonymous, unclothed woman as the central character. She collects, vies for, eats, or protects her most precious resource: the banana. Her storyline intertwines with that of a monkey who seems to have similar goals. Though this show feels set in humanities early eras, the interactions between the two stirs an oddly familiar emotion—a jarring relatability.