Karan Kapoor: Time & Tide in Delhi

September 15, 2017


New Delhi: Tasveerwill present Karan Kapoor: Time & Tide in New Delhi on September 21, 2017, at Bikaner House.

Curated by Nathaniel Gaskell, Time & Tide is comprised of photographs drawn from two bodies of work by Karan Kapoor. The first, the genesis of his interest in photography, are photographs from the 1980s of older Anglo-Indians. An Anglo-Indian himself, Kapoor was interested in a people who found themselves caught between the racial divide, and since the end of the British Empire, in a steadily changing world. He writes, “I was more interested in the older generations as they seemed to be the last remaining remnants of the British Raj – people who remembered the railway cantonments, the Marilyn Monroe look-a-like contest, the ‘Central Provinces’, and so on, a world long gone.”

This idea of a world, no longer present or fast fading, also forms a central thread in Kapoor’s photographs of Goa. Taken around the same time, these photographs attempt to capture the last of ‘Portugal Goa’. Although Goan Catholics, probably the largest inheritors and key defenders of their Portuguese heritage continue to exist in Goa today, their numbers have steadily declined over the years.

The photographs in this exhibition therefore, are an exploration in niche community identities that are in a certain sense, also cultures in preserve. Though these communities continue to exist in different forms and numbers today, Kapoor’s black and white photographs showcase a remarkable fossilised window into their world, capturing the end of an era, and as he remarks of the Anglo-Indians, “the last of a dying breed.”

Alongside the exhibition, Tasveer has produced a publication that features exquisitely rendered reproductions of all the photographs in the show, with essays by William Dalrymple and Felicity Kendal. The exhibition has been previously shown in Mumbai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Kolkata. The exhibition will remain on view at Bikaner House until September 29, 2017.