Maharanis: Women of Royal India

Exhibition & Book Launch in Bangalore 


Tasveer is thrilled to announce that Maharanis: Women of Royal India opens in Bangalore at Cinnamon and will be on view from 20th February to 21st March. 


Chronicling the historical representation of royal women in India for over half a century, and through it, tracing the changing tropes of photo­graphic portraiture, this exhibition finally brings to the light the shadowed lives of the fascinating women who populated erstwhile Princely India.


The opening will also occasion the launch of the accompanying book, produced by Tasveer in association with Mapin. With a collection of 134 photographs, many published here for the first time, and four original texts — this volume is a treasure trove that provides a deeper engagement with the rich public and private roles essayed by these women. The book is also now available for purchase online!


Gardens of the Mind: Photographs by Swapan Nayak & Gilles Bensimon opens in Mumbai


Tasveer and TARQ are pleased to announce the opening of Gardens of the Mind, that brings together for the first time the works of Eurpoean photographer, Gilles Bensimon, and Indian artist, Swapan Nayak, in Mumbai on the 25th February 2015. The exhibition will stay on view until the 19th of March 2016.


Juxtaposing two very different approaches to photographing the botanic world—Bensimon’s submerged blossoms of colour and Nayak’s stark black and white minimal images — this exhibition serves as a study in the diversity of the medium and two distinct visual modes of abstraction.

By bringing together two artists reframe the historical associations between elements of nature and the idea of transformation, and move away from mere documentation, Gardens of the Mind underscores the ways in which photography mediates and re-presents the world around us. 



The Tasveer Journal: Publication & Exhibition launches in Bangalore


Tasveer is pleased to announce that the Tasveer Jorunal: Publication & Exhibition launches in Bangalore on the 17th of March 2016. While simultaneously hosted by the Goethe Institut (until 24th March 2016) and Cinnamon, the exhibition will be on view at the Tasveer Gallery until 31st March 2016.


Featuring the works of 21 artists, this publication turned exhibition, showcases the versatility of the photographic medium from documentary photography to narrative retelling and conceptual image making practices. Although there is a special focus on new emerging talent, the volume also ropes in older bodies of work – that together reshape our understanding of photography in South Asia, and the medium itself, through the ways in which they push the envelope with reference to form, content and methodology. 



A new partnership with Raas, Jopdhpur


Tasveer is delighted to announce a new partnership with Raas, Jodhpur’s first boutique hotel that reflects in many ways, the Walled City itself.


Situated in the prestigious north-eastern quarter of Jodhpur, in the very shade of Mehrangarh’s Victory Palace and Gate, and a stone’s throw from the Clock Tower; Raas is comprised of four charismatic buildings in Jodhpur’s very own ‘rose-red’ sandstone. The oldest, the Haveli proper as it were, was built towards the end of the 18th Century and with its delicately carved stone panels — the hall-mark of Rajput architecture — served as the exclusive and intimate residence of the family. The newest, the Baradari, is a multi-pillared, multi-purpose open Pavilion built probably in the 1850s.


In these grandiose and historical surroundings, Tasveer will aptly be showing for the first in a series of regular exhibitions, Karen Knorr: India Song.




The Tasveer Journal

#17 Playtime 


The Tasveer Journal is excited about its ongoing issue: Playtime! In this issue, we’re looking at photography from the region that deals with the concept of play in a variety of ways, pushing this envelope on what it constitutes and formulating a visual archive of play as both characteristic and behaviour. To this end, we’re looking at photography that not only approaches play as physical activity and recreation, but also photography that embraces visual play, tackling the construction of images, or uses text and images to unique effect.


So far we’ve looked at Farhad Rahman’s One Last Playground & Karan Vaid’s Indian Dog Show project, and found some fascinating conjunctions between the playful and the grave. To read more and look at the works, visit the Tasveer Journal. Happy reading!


Season 10 Catalogues

Now available for sale


Tasveer’s new range of publications in conjunction with its tenth anniversary exhibition season are finally here and available for purchase online!


Each publication focuses on one of Tasveer’s five exhibitions that form part of its tenth season — from vintage photographs to contemporary and emerging artists — this is a special set that showcases both the historicity and the versatility of the medium. Each publication includes original commissioned texts that provide new insights and contexts to the work. Further, this season we also have some rare bonuses — both our Maharanis title and the Deepak Puri Collection volume, include additional reproductions, not seen in the accompanying exhibition.


For more details on the individual publications and to place your order, please visit our publications site.