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Chemould Prescott Road is delighted to host Sooni Taraporevala’s exhibition of black and white photographs, Home in the City: Bombay 1977 - Mumbai 2017.

After Taraporevala’s first solo exhibition: PARSIS held at Harvard University and Chemould Prescott Road in 2013 she returns to the city she calls her home. These photographs are complex and intimate, quirky and quotidian, as they celebrate the odd and the everyday and provide a significant contribution to the social history of one of India’s most diverse cities.

Since 1977 Taraporevala has photographed the city in which she grew up. Encouraged by Raghubir Singh, a maestro of colour photography, she began to shoot in colour from the 80s. Her images, cutting across class and community lines, are an insider’s affectionate view. Her photographs explore a metropolis that has metamorphosed into one of the most populous cities in the world. The works on display are personal documents of the city’s eccentrics, its children, it’s elderly within the landscape: a gentle mirror to the culture and politics of Bombay, with the secret sideways glance of a casual observer.

This exhibition is in collaboration with Sunaparanta, Goa. We are thankful to their patrons Dipti and Raj Salgaocar.

Sooni Taraporevala, photographer, screenwriter, filmmaker, is best known for writing the films Mississippi Masala, The Namesake, Oscar-nominated Salaam Bombay, directing the National Award-winning Little Zizou as well as for her book, PARSIS A Photographic Journey. Her photographs were included in Tate Modern’s Century City: Art and Culture in the Modern Metropolis, London 2001, Lille 3000, France 2006, India Moderna, Institut Valencia d’Art Modern, Spain 2008, Photoquai, Musee de Quai Branly, Paris 2009 as well as solo shows at Harvard University’s Sert Gallery in 2012 and at Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai and the National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi in 2013. Her photographs are in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The recipient of numerous national and international awards, she was awarded a Padma Shri by the Government of India and is a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She lives in Mumbai with her husband Dr. Firdaus Bativala.

Reviews
Livemint, October 6, 2017 - http://bit.ly/2fNKYLW
Conde Nast Traveller, October 6, 2017 - https://www.cntraveller.in/story/mumbais-name-change-undemocratic/