published 17 Sep 2016
The African Portraits, Mahesh Shantaram’s most recent body of work, documents the lives of Africans living in India in a series of intimate portraits. Following an increasing number of racial attacks in the recent past, Shantaram set out on a project to increase awareness of the everyday racism and discrimination faced by Africans in India. Beginning with Bangalore, he travelled to Jaipur, Delhi and Manipal to record their experiences. The emotionally resonant portraits draw attention to the individuality of his subjects, point towards the plurality of Africans, who hail from several different countries and societies, and force viewers to look beyond stereotypes.
The exhibition will remain on view at Tasveer until 23rd September 2016.
As part of the exhibition, Tasveer is delighted to invite you for a special talk on 27th August at 3:30pm at the Max Mueller Bhavan with the artist, Mahesh Shantaram, in conversation with journalist, Joshua Muyiwa.