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Artiste Tauseef Khan looks at cities through glasses: Transluscent Mumbai

What: Pehchan is an exhibition of paintings in the city by artist Tauseef Khan. His paintings are about how we view history through the prisms of time and how it is constantly changing according to the perspectives of the present. He uses wine glasses as a metaphor for society.

Reflection of Gateway of India
Reflection of Gateway of India

It is used to represent the people we know and come in contact with and how they change the way we look at the world and the past. Born and raised in Delhi, the Mughal monuments have officially represented the past for the artist, which became personal through visits with friends and family and time spent there.

A double- decker bus
A double- decker bus

“In painting easily recognisable elements of Mumbai’s cityscape, I’m also questioning that kind of an attitude to a city, where we reduce it to its most iconic elements. Is that all a city is? I feel a great deal of a city’s many histories is lost when we do that. The title, Pehchaan translates as recognition or identity.

BMC headquarters
BMC headquarters

It is an attempt to map the relationship between the icons of a city and its identity — how that identity or knowledge of it is often unfortunately reduced to simply the most populace aspect of it,” the artist explains. He mentions that he creates a screen of glassware in front of the monuments turning them into a kaleidoscope of colours and shapes.

Flora Fountain and Oriental Building
Flora Fountain and Oriental Building

“On a formal level, I am interested in contrasting the solidity and antiquity of the stone monument with the transparency and delicacy of the glassware, and the challenges this presents to me as a painter,” the artist says.

Where: Till: September 5, Monday to Saturday 10a m to 7.30 pm; Sunday 11am to 4 pm at Gallery Art & Soul, Madhuli, Shivsagar Estate, Worli.
Call: 24965798
Log on to: www.galleryartnsoul.com

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