Home in the City, Bombay 1977 - Mumbai 2017 | Sooni Taraporevala

10  -  27 January, 2018

S O O N I   T A R A P O R E V A L A



Home in the City

Bombay 1977- Mumbai 2017

A Photo exhibition curated by Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi

at Vadehra Art Gallery, D-53, Defence Colony, New Delhi - 110024

Exhibition on view from January 10 - 27, 2018


“You soon see, when you meet the photos here, that Taraporevala is a connoisseur of intimacy…” Pico Iyer

“This is the city as one sharp eye has seen it, and I’m happy to have had Sooni’s eyes as my guide.” Salman Rushdie

Vadehra Art Gallery is delighted to host Sooni Taraporevala’s exhibition of black and white photographs Home in the City: Bombay 1977 to Mumbai 2017.

Since 1977 Taraporevala has photographed the city in which she grew up. Her images, cutting across class and community lines, are an insider’s affectionate view. Complex and intimate, quirky and quotidian, they celebrate the odd and the everyday and provide a significant contribution to the social history of one of India’s most diverse cities. Her photographs explore a metropolis that has shifted over four decades to become one of the most populous cities in the world. The works on display are personal documents of the city’s eccentrics, its children, its elderly and the landscape: a gentle mirror to culture and politics, with the secret sideways glance of a casual observer.  

An accompanying book will be launched on the day of the preview published by HarperCollins  and with essays by Pico Iyer and Salman Rushdie and a conversation between Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi and Sooni Taraporevala. This exhibition is in collaboration with Sunaparanta, Goa. We are thankful to their patrons Dipti and Raj Salgaocar.

Home in the City show produced by Sunaparanta previewed at The Whitworth Gallery, University of Manchester on 4th March 2017 ; The Chemould Gallery, Mumbai on 13th October and Sunaparanta, Goa on 14th November 2017.

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.


Exhibition dates:

The Whitworth, The University of Manchester : March 4, 2017 - February 28, 2018

Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai :  October 13 – October 31, 2017

Sunaparanta, Goa : November 14, 2017 – January 2, 2018

Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi : January 10, 2018 – January 27, 2018