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Sahej Rahal

Sahej Rahal was born in Mumbai. He graduated from Rachana Sansad Academy of Fine Art, Mumbai. He has been a recipient of many prestigious international residencies and won the Forbes Award for Debut Solo Show, 2014.

His body of work is a growing narrative that draws upon mythical beings from different cultures, and brings them into a dialogue with the present. Within this narrative, these beings perform absurd acts in derelict corners of the city, transforming them into liminal sites of ritual. The temporal act and its residue become primary motifs in his practice.

C & L Shows

The 10 Year Hustle: Celebrating a decade of our gallery space
11 August - 2 September
2017

It is 10 years since we moved into our space in Kamal Mansion, a building set amid the hurly-burly of Colaba’s Arthur Bunder Road. We are proud to have been the first commercial gallery to find a home on the street. A decade on, is this a birthday or an anniversary celebration? The truth is that we are simultaneously wedded and parent to this thing called Chatterjee & Lal. As our gallery colleagues will no doubt agree, running a space with a regular exhibitions program is all consuming. It is also one of the most rewarding activities that the world of art can provide.

The 10 Year Hustle presents three strands or positions that the gallery has particularly engaged with over the last decade. There are works by gallery artists, mostly in their 30s and 40s, whose practices often incorporate the mediums of performance, moving image, drawing and painting. There is historical material from the 20th Century, with particular focus on that generation of artists born between the 1920s and 1930s: artists who played a critical role in birthing the contemporary in South Asian art. Lastly, there are artworks that reach back to periods in art history that pre-date the modern.

The ancient, the modern and the contemporary: we are rather having our cake and eating it. But, then, isn’t that what birthdays/anniversaries are all about?

Tara Lal & Mortimer Chatterjee Mumbai, August 2017

MINAM APANG | FABIEN CHARUAU | NIKHIL CHOPRA | ZARINA HASHMI | NASREEN MOHAMEDI | HETAIN PATEL | PILLOO POCHKHANAWALA |
MARK PRIME | SAHEJ RAHAL | RASHID RANA | GAGAN SINGH | KIRAN SUBBAIAH | K.G. SUBRAMANYAN | THUKRAL & TAGRA | NITYAN UNNIKRISHNAN

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Profile

b. 1988

Education:
2011    Diploma in Fine Arts, Rachana Sansad Academy of Fine Arts and   Crafts, Mumbai, IN

Selected Solo Exhibitions :
2011    Hardboiled Wonderland, Solo exhibition at Kunst(Zeug) Haus, Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2012    Simple Tales III, Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai, IN
2012    fiVe ,Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai, IN
2011    Maximalism, Lessing1 Artespace, Zurich, Switzerland
2011    Project India Group show at False Ceiling gallery, Mumbai, IN in collaboration with 1percenters artist collective UK
2011    Live Art hosted by BAR1 Bangalore, IN
2010    Final year exhibition, Rachana Sansad AFAC, Piramal Gallery Mumbai, IN

Live performances:
2012    Bhramana, Mumbai, IN
2012    Bhramana II, presented by Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai, IN
2011    Vetala, NGMA, Bengaluru, IN

Awards and Achievements:
2012    Recipient of INLAKS Fine Art Award, IN
2011    Recipient of fellowship to the FUTUR Foundation artist’s residency programme, Switzerland

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