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Tao Art Gallery brings together Julia Romano and Meghna Patpatia in "Dreamscapes"

Updated: Feb 28, 2022

Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai's most popular art gallery is all set to host a unique two woman show called 'Dreamscapes', curated by Sanjana Shah. Dreamscapes will showcase works by Julia Romano, an Argentinian Artist (represented by Basu Foundation for the Arts, Kolkata) who is also the finalist of Arte Laguna Prize 20.21, Venice along with Bombay based artist, Meghna Patpatia.

Previewing on October 21, 6 pm onwards and the show will be on display till November 25, 2021. The exhibition will be inaugurated by the Consul General of Argentina, Mr Guillermo Eduardo Devoto.

Dreamscapes is a show where the audiences will witness the merger in the embodiment of the two female artists from diverse cultures and geography. The myriad of ideas and expressions brings to reality the surreal aspects of mythology and ancient anthropology. The endeavour is to create these dreamscapes that question what is real and fiction, physical and metaphorical—this intricate relationship with the scape: a universally experienced relationship by all on this planet. As a viewer, you notice a labyrinthine that keeps you engaged in the dreamlike atmosphere, leaving you enchanted.

Sanjana, the Indian ambassador of Arte Laguna Prize, hopes to juxtapose Julia's digital landscapes with Meghna's artworks. Commenting on the upcoming show, Sanjana Shah, Creative Director, Tao Art Gallery, said, "Dreamscapes pairs together two artists from different cultures and geographical landscapes, but who share the same desire to explore the synergy between humans and the land they inhabit."

She also added, "As a curator, I found this thematic overlap between the two to be interesting and relevant: Romano explores the impact of past ancestral generations on land while Patpatia

envisions a surreal alternate reality or dystopian future as a result of it. The seed of the idea is the same, but the techniques and treatment of the works are different. Both create beautifully stunning and poignant works as a result! I am excited for the audience to come and experience our first collaborative show with the Basu Foundation."

'Dreamscapes' will beautifully highlight aspects of co-existence and cultural synergy with a subtle undertone of the threat of depletion in a dystopian future. Much like the land around us, the art is layered, multi-faceted and deep in composition.

Talking about her first show in India, Argentinian Artist, Julia Romano, "I am thrilled to have my the very first exhibition in India and am honoured to be represented by Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai, and to have the patronage of the esteemed Basu Foundation in Kolkota. I am showing my series of landscapes made with different parts of places photographed by me and painted by classical European artists; these places are a mixture of time, space and culture.

For the show I have made one work especially inspired by the city of Mumbai combining images taken from my surroundings here in Córdoba (the mountains, trees and plants from my neighbourhood and my garden) with a panoramic view of Mumbai taken through drone photography. Such a union is both challenging and beautiful: only art can be this magical! I strongly believe that by creating this synergy in collage I am also creating a bond with my audiences in real life."

Taking it a step further by using the past to imagine the future, Bombay based Artist Meghna Patpatia added, 'Tao has a wonderful space that merges visuals seamlessly with narratives and the ability to collate artists worldwide. Sanjana's curatorial foresight and ability to weave a juxtapositioning of Julia and my art practices have intuitively brought about Dreamscapes. Super excited to see it unfurl.' These combined artistic dreamscapes of this two-woman show help in bringing the world a little bit closer and opening our minds a little bit wider.

In a world where awareness of the value of land and the study of ancestral patterns is key to ensuring a sustainable future, Romano and Patpatia create works that not only aesthetically appease but also contain an underlying message of awakening. Aspects of co-existence and ecological and cultural synergy are beautifully highlighted through these dreamscapes, but with a subtle undertone of the very real threat of depletion in a dystopian future. Much like the land around us, the art is layered, multi-faceted and deep in composition. The combined artistic dreamscapes of this two-person show help in bringing the world a little bit closer and opening our minds a little bit wider.

The show will be up till Nov 25 2021, visit Tao to experience "Dreamscapes".

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