Marigolds in disarray - Marta Jakimowicz, published review in Deccan Herald dated 23rd March, 09
Swapna Tamhane, a young artist from Toronto now on research in India, responds to the fate of migrant workers, exploited during boom times and facing an uncertain future in the global meltdown. After a residency at, 1, Shanthi Road Studio/Gallery, her exhibition ‘House of Cards’ (March 6 to 15) offered images evoking this condition and a general feel of things being forcefully but haphazardly constructed and simultaneously destroyed or decaying.
The works created together an environment pointing to diverse aspects and sensations of the state. The most effective formally as well as moving was the video showing a worn out ritual garland of marigolds tossed around by the water of a pier, as if trying to get to the pavement yet only hitting it and drifting away confused in the current, while the traffic sound enhanced the tension.
The two large photographs in a close-up of walls under reconstruction gave an intimately aesthetic as well as touching impact. A pile of playing card-size photographs made a shaky multi-storied apartment, its faces mixing and blending sights of structures and scaffoldings with drawing fragments in which linear grids alluded to both architectural meshes and one from organic growth or veins and nerves. Although cultured and evident in its content, it acted mainly on the cerebra; plane.