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“Bombay Black”: Exhibition of Dalit, Adivasi, Bahujan Art @Kala Ghoda Festival

7 – 12 Feb 2017, AC Galleries | Kala Ghoda Festival

Bombay Black occurs around the time of the Kala Ghoda festival where the disappearance of a man mounted on a horse now calls for reason to have an art festival. The square is called Kala Ghoda, though the legendary back horse now lives in the quiet communes of the Bombay Zoo. The myth of the Black Horse instigates the idea of the city of Bombay and its relationship to the colour black , where through an exhibition we construct the many lines of aesthetic and social folklores that exist around colour.


Pandit Khairnar has always played with the luminosity of the colour black in his canvases

Amol K Patil satirises the narrative around his own skin colour and skin cleaning products

Sudharak Olwe photographs the last doyen of the Dalit Panther Movement – Nadmdeo Dhasal

Micheal Kelly Williams creates fictional folklore dances from the Bronx inspired by the Black Panther Movement

Mohammed Khallil tints etchings dark Black

Mehli Gobhai having lived between Bombay and New York presents that intricate relationship the two cities hold.

Madhav Imartey, Yashwant Deshmukh, and Shilpa Nikam imagine the colour in its form the object and the abstract some how realigning its ownership in recent days through an imagined process of patents and copyrights.

Satish Wavare sits at the Port trust imagining memories and visions in Black from right behind the Jehangir Art Gallery.

Prabhakar Barwe puts colour to motion and Kolte colour to pedagogy.

Samit Das puts Black to the photograph and the architecture of the margin.

Ismaila Manga transports across the sea to Africa and the Sahel to which hold so many connections of culture and spirituality.

Pisurwo imagines his fraught lines in black having begun his career as a street artist outside the Jehangir Art Gallery.

Yogesh Barve, Sudheer Rajbhar, Naresh Kumar, Ranjeeta Kumari, Sachin Bonde, Mangesh Kapse, Prasad Nikumbh, Sucheta Ghadge and Saviya Lopes contemplate on the site of the Jehangir Art Gallery , the only public and democratic space to showcase art outside the interests of the gallery, curator , museum or the market.

Black becomes the primary colour that marks the city in hope and history.


Photos from the Exhibition

Text: Sumeshwar Sharma, Curated by: Sumeshwar Sharma & Yogesh Barve

Exhibition Designer: Sanjay LondheSupported by: Brinda Miller & Tarana Khubchandani

Clark House Initiative

Featured Artists:

  • Michael Kelly Williams
  • Mohammed Khallil
  • Prabhakar Barwe
  • Yogesh Barve
  • Krishna Reddy
  • Naresh Kumar
  • Amol K Patil
  • Prabhakar Kolte
  • Samit Das
  • KS Radhakrishnan
  • Judith Reddy
  • Mehli Gobhai
  • Pandit Bhila Khairnar
  • Sudharak Olwe
  • Saviya Lopes
  • Prabhakar Pachpute
  • Shilpa Nikam
  • Ranjeeta Kumari
  • Yashwant Deshmukh
  • Pisurwo Jitendra Suralkar
  • Madhav Imartey
  • Satish Wavare
  • Ismaila Manga
  • Sudheer Rajbhar
  • Parashar Naik
  • Vinit Dharia
  • Sanjeev Sonpimpare
  • Mangesh Kapse
  • Sachin Bonde
  • Shernavaz Colah Z T
  • Sucheta Ghadge
  • Nikumbh Prasad
  • Shiva Gor
  • Aman Negi
  • Tejswini Sonawane
  • Sanjay Londhe
  • Avinash Motghare
  • Sawangwongse Yawnghwe