Thursday, May 20, 2010


Cityscape VIII, archival digital print on photo paper, 35” X 51”, 2000, Edition 8+2AP

Kala Ghoda Café in collaboration with gallery Project 88 presents part of the Cityscape series by artist Tejal Shah at the café from 23rd May, 2010 onwards.

Shot at the turn of the millennium, the photographs in the Cityscape series are verses from an elegy to the city of Melbourne, where the artist spent two years as part of her undergraduate degree. In a final good-bye, the artist gropes in the liminal hour to give shape to her feelings and experiences in & of this place. She takes her camera out for a walk every day at dusk - the melancholic hour. Without using a tripod or other supports, she holds up her manual camera that is as old as her, both born in ’79, and opens the aperture, her third eye, to let the light in for several seconds, sometimes over a minute.

As she does this, the imperceptible movements of her breathing and heaving hands and in that sense, the very presence of her being is recorded on film. The resulting photograph then is as much what we see as what we'll never be able to see;the artist in flesh and blood, in the act of capturing. The trails of light or the errant man-made structures that seem to shake and vibrate are not as such because the lights or the buildings were moving at the time of photographing, but because the artist moved.

“Whether Armilla is like this because it is unfinished or because it has been demolished, whether the cause is some enchantment or only a whim, I do not know. The fact remains that it has no walls, no ceilings, no floors: it has nothing that makes it seem a city except…”
(from Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino)

Incidentally, in these rather lonely scapes not a single human being appears. The images remark the presence of absence.

Kala Ghoda Café
10 Ropewalk Lane
Kala Ghoda
Mumbai 400 001

Phone +91 22 2263 3866
+91 98 3380 3418

Opens May 23, 2010
On view till July 4, 2010

Opening Hours: 0900 to 2345

Cityscape series is comprised of 8 images in total. For any sales enquires please contact Zakia at the gallery Project 88, BMP Building, Ground Floor, N.A. Sawant Marg, Near Colaba Fire Station, Colaba, Mumbai - 400 005; T- (91) 022- 2281 0066/0099; F- (91) 022- 2281 0099; E-;