with artists Birender Yadav, Sohrab Hura,
Rajyashri Goody, Sajan Mani, and Prajakta Potnis

November 3, 2021 to January 22, 2022

curated by Swapnaa Tamhane

Leonard & Bina Ellen Gallery

Concordia University, Montreal

Public Programs


Monday, January 10, 2022, 12:30 PM EST
In English
Free, online

Focusing on the emergence of Dalit literature and poetry, artists Sajan Mani, Rajyashri Goody, and Birender Yadav, along with curator Swapnaa Tamhane, will delve into the histories of access to literacy, the life and work of early activists such as Poykayil Appachan and Jyotirao Phule, and the poetry issued from the Dalit Panther movement. Further, this conversation will expand on the implications of caste as violence in consideration of histories of labour and the colonial imprint.


Friday, November 12, 2021, 12:30 PM EST
In English
Free, online

Join artists Sohrab Hura and Prajakta Potnis and curator Swapnaa Tamhane for a conversation on the disembodied and overburdened state of the body in the Indian social and political landscape. Considering the respective role of photography and painting in Hura’s and Potnis’s work, this exchange will examine image-making, as well as the production and circulation of “fake” images through Whatsapp. With Potnis accounting for the traces left by labour within the body and Hura primarily documenting people who live along India’s coastline, the body in this conversation will be approached as a protagonist, a membrane, and a vessel for politics.

Ideas Travel Faster than Light

Mecklenburgh Square Garden Project, London

curated by Clair Joy and Jasone Miranda-Bilbao

September 24-27, 2020



Ruth Maclennan  /  Yogesh Barve

Oona Grimes  /  Muskaan Singh 

International Lawns  /  Vaibhav Raj Shah

Naomi Salaman  /  Charmi Gada Shah

Amikam Toren  /  Chandan Gomes

Swapnaa Tamhane  /  Nilanjana Nandy

Jo Stockham  /  Tapan Moharana

Anne Hardy /  Sujit Mallik

David Bachelor  /  Achia Anzi

Calum F. Kerr (Society for the Preservation of Admirable Rubble)  /  Gagan Singh

"In Reference To"

articule, Montreal

June 29-August 9, 2020


IARTS Textiles of India Grant recipient:

2019-2020 Swapnaa Tamhane

We are pleased to announce that the recipient of the IARTS Textiles of India Grant 2019-2020 is SWAPNAA TAMHANE. Her project, titled “Mobile Palace,” will create a large-scale structure (a shamiana or tent) that brings together influences from the Mughal and Ottoman period, Modernist architectural aesthetic and theory, the textile arts of Kutch, Gujarat (wood block carving, Ajrakh block-printing), hand-spun cotton (khadi), and the politics and history of migration. The outcome will be both an artwork and a public gathering space.