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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 Art Foundation

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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