Vishwa Shroff

Open Studio: The artist will be working in the gallery space every Thursday and Friday until 5 January, 2018. Walk-ins welcome!

Exhibition: 13 January – 3 February, 2018

“India has reached the English Imagination by different routes” said E.M Forster in 1915.
As part of her residency at Swiss Cottage Gallery, artist Vishwa Shroff will be doing research and developing new work by investigating the floor patterns of some of Camden’s most iconic buildings from the period between 1757 and 1947, interpreting them as an architectural archive of the cultural exchange between India and Britain.

While often seen as common or unnoticeable, these structures evoke associations with private anecdotes, regional histories and the shared past of the UK and India. Shroff’s project investigates the relationship between architectural details, interior objects and autobiographical memories attached to Camden’s buildings and landmarks, whilst reflecting upon the colonial imaginations of this period.  

About the artist

Shroff's work explores spatial and narrative possibilities of fragmented, transitional thoughts and the transferring attentions with which objects are perceived. Drawings within the sketchbook, derived by scrutinising urban and domestic scenarios, are enlarged and redrawn to represent archetypal objects. The sequential chronicling of such fragmented thought and minor happenings inform the positioning of these drawn objects, applying their iconographic and utilitarian potential to construct ontological and spatial experiences propagating narrative. The arrangement of drawings and actual objects collectively employ a theatrical vocabulary: layering rather than perspectives create physicality where appearing and disappearing outlines become indicative of objects. Such pairing of multidimensional physicality with suggestive rather than actual objects warrants imaginative relationships between the suggested objects and intermediate voids to occur.

Vishwa Shroff started her artist training at The Faculty of Fine Arts, MSU, Baroda in 2002. She continued on to the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (UK) in 2003. Her career so far has seen five solo exhibitions: Drawn Spaces (2016) and Postulating Premises (2015) at TARQ Gallery Mumbai (IN), One Eye! Two Eyes! Three Eyes! (2012) at the Acme Project Space, London (UK), Memories of a Known Place (2012), Birmingham (UK) and Room: Collaborative Book Show (2011), Vadodara (IN).

Besides participating in artist residencies all over the world, Shroff has also been a part of group exhibitions such as Again and Yet Again (2017) at Gallery OED, , Cochin (IN), Planes of Experience, Zones of Action (2017) at Goethe Institute-Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai (IN), Reading Room (2016) at Saffron Art, New York (USA), Reading Room: Leaves, Threads and Traces (2015), The Winchester Gallery (UK), Bartered Collections ( 2015) by Cona Projects at the Mumbai Art Room (IN) and Memento Mori (2015) at TARQ Gallery, Mumbai (IN). She was the recipient of the UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists in 2011.

For more information please visit her website!