Photos: Karan Kapoor & Tasveer Gallery
Text: William Dalrymple & Felicity Kendal
These images are from the exhibition Time & Tide going on at TARQ gallery, Mumbai, featuring photographs by Karan Kapoor.
Curated by Nathaniel Gaskell, Time & Tide brings together two bodies of work made by Kapoor in the 1980s and 1990s, and focuses on people and places that have either been lost to history, or changed beyond recognition.
The first series in the exhibition presents a study of ageing Anglo-Indians, primarily from Bombay (Mumbai) and Calcutta (Kolkata), and forms one of Kapoor’s earliest personal photography projects. He writes, “I was more interested in the older generation 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 second series presented here, that is comprised of photographs taken during his frequent visits to Goa, where he vacationed with family and friends at their house on Baga Beach. Taken in the 1990s, these photographs capture an older Goa: 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 exhibition will continue till 16 October