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Prajakta Potnis, room full of rooms, 2013, slide projection, photographs, drawings, lace, embroidery, dimensions variable. From “L’exigence de la saudade.”

“L’exigence de la saudade”

KADIST - Paris

Prajakta Potnis, room full of rooms, 2013, slide projection, photographs, drawings, lace, embroidery, dimensions variable. From “L’exigence de la saudade.”

Halfway up one of Montmartre’s many slopes is a quiet courtyard—flanked by old peeling walls, in one of which there is a gap, revealing a sprouting plant—where a single glass door leads to the Kadist Art Foundation. This sense of an inner life growing out of or into a material structure leaks, like the sunlight, onto the exhibition inside. “L’exigence de la saudade,” indicating a demand for nostalgia, was the culmination of a three-month residency by Mumbai’s Clark House Initiative, a curatorial collaboration between Zasha Colah and Sumesh Sharma. The diverse work by twenty artists on view included a performance on video by contemporary dancer Padmini Chettur, who appropriated traditional forms of classical Bharatnatyam into a composition of conceptual movement, abstractly annotated by the composer Martin Visser; and the textiles of a weaver, Zamthingla Ruivah, who sewed,

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