About Practice – Parag Tandel


Salt of ocean, Salt as portion
Moon attached in the midst of ocean
Water in pan will turn into salt soon
They disappeared, saltpan into woods
Soon I will transform into concrete woods
Sir. Sun god is meeting Mr. Moon to discuss about mysterious dark matters.

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Artist’s Statement

Parag is a visual autoethnographer who archives what he perceives around him, his relationship with the scenery he inhabits. His visual art and socially engaged art practices are raising issues of loss and identity. He is archiving prevailing circumstances and intervening in the oral narratives regarding the colonial and Imperial history of the Fisherfolks of Mumbai.
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Parag Tandel

(Artist and Researcher)

Parag Tandel (b. 1978), is a Mumbai-based artist with a post-Diploma in Creative Sculpture from M. S University, Baroda (2005) and Diploma in sculpture and modelling from Sir J.J School of Art, Mumbai (2003). Tandel’s solo exhibitions include ‘Pregnant Room 1’ (2008) and ‘Pregnant Room 2’ (2010), both showcased at Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai, ‘Chronicle’ (2016) at TARQ, Mumbai and ‘Autopolisphilia’ curated by Noopur Desai at Sudarshan art gallery, Pune, India (2018). He has also been part of various group shows across India including ‘Baroda March’ (2015), Mumbai; ‘Small is Big’ (2013); Durbar Hall, Kochi; ‘Earth Art Project Tansa’ (2013), Arka Art Trust, Mumbai; Upvan Art Festival (2013), Thane; ‘Small is Beautiful’ (2012) Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai; ‘The Art of Drawing’ (2011) The Guild, Mumbai; ‘TAKE 2’ (2011) Aarushi Arts, Delhi; ‘Untitled 2010’ (2010), Artkonsult, Delhi; and ‘AvaGard’ (2009), Threshold Art Gallery, Delhi among others.

Some of my public art projects include:

‘Confluence’- Mumbai Water Naratives curated by Sara Ahmed (2021); ‘Let There Be Bounty Everyday, Surving SQ: A Sunaparata Initiative’(2020); Tandel Fund of Archives, pop-up museum of fisherfolk, Mumbai (2020 & 2019); ‘(En)counters- Daily Rations’ Public art project, curated by Artoxygen (2017) Breathing art works, Mumbai; ‘Geographies of consumptions’, Mumbai (2015); ‘Big Catch’, Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, Mumbai (2012); and ‘Sandarbh’, Rajasthan (2011). Tandel has been a recipient of the Jhunjhunwala Scholarship Award (2003); Maharashtra State Art Award (2003); and All India Art and Craft Society State Award (2003).

Additionally, I have participated in residencies at the Bamboo Curtain Studio, Taiwan (2018) Piramal Art Residency (2017), Space 118 (2015), Mumbai and ‘Sandharbh’ site specific workshop in Partapur, Rajasthan.

I currently live and work in Thane, Mumbai.