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DR. BHAU DAJI LAD MUMBAI CITY MUSEUM

T. V. Santhosh

History Lab and the Elegy of Visceral Incantations

Presented by the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum

In collaboration with The Guild

Dec 14, 2023 – Feb 11, 2024
Special Projects Space, Museum Plaza


“History is riddled with stories of conflicts and war which are almost like an endless chain of actions and reactions, a perplexing dynamic that often exposes the darker side of humanity. And when you shift attention from history to very current global events, it is the news media, to a large extent, which defines the nature of our relationship with the outside world. News reports act as our extended vision of the world that eventually becomes a part of our everyday experiences, entering our home through a television screen or through other forms of news reportage. Thus conflict and violence become part of our everyday familiarity.” – T. V. Santhosh

The exhibition features Santhosh's recent works as well as artworks from the past several years, offering an exploration of society and history, particularly the pathology of war and violence, as well as the mediatic interventions influencing our perception and reality. The works, comprising watercolors, canvases, and sculptural installations, chart the semiotics of political discourse as a part of visual culture and art practice, a dialogue that has long held the artist’s attention.

Born in Kerala, T.V. Santhosh obtained his B.F.A in Sculpture from Santiniketan and a Masters in Sculpture from MS University, Vadodara. Santhosh’s works have been shown widely in museums and biennales.

Exhibition walkthroughs are conducted every Saturday and Sunday at 11: 30 am to 12:30 pm (English) and 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm (Hindi/Marathi).


Free Workshop | Jumbled Monologues

Saturday, 16th Dec 2023, 11.30 am to 1 pm

T.V. Santhosh uses the imagery of scrolls with words obscured, partially hidden words, leaving the viewer to guess the sentence and its meaning. Join us for a walkthrough of the exhibition followed by a hands-on activity using newspaper and magazine cutouts to collide, merge and create new chronicles that reflect the complexity of our times.


Free Workshop | Cut, Paste, Erase & Retain

Saturday. 23rd Dec 2023, 11.30 am to 1 pm

What happens when images and words are taken out of their original contexts and incorporated into newer ones? In the artworks on view, the artist T V Santhosh has used symbols representing conflict against the backdrop of a medicinal garden, hinting at hope and healing. Join us for a walkthrough of the exhibition and be inspired to create your own montage in response to the exhibition, using natural found materials and print media.


Free Workshop | Jumbled Monologues

Saturday. 6th Jan 2024, 11.30 am to 1 pm

T. V. Santhosh uses the imagery of scrolls with words obscured, partially hidden words, leaving the viewer to guess the sentence and its meaning. Join us for a walkthrough of the exhibition led by a member of the Museum's curatorial team, followed by a hands-on activity which uses newspaper and magazine cutouts to combine and create your own collage responding to the complexity of our time.


Artist-led Walkthrough

Friday, 12 Jan 2024, 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm

Join T.V. Santhosh for a walkthrough of his ongoing exhibition 'History Lab & the Elegy of Visceral Incantations' at the Special Projects Space, BDL Museum!


Online Session | Medicinal Garden

17th and 19th Jan 2024, 11 am to 12 pm

Join us online as we explore the world of medicinal plants. The artist T. V. Santhosh depicts trees and plants in his works that have been popularly used in traditional Indian as well as Western medicines. This session is conceptualised by the BDL Museum in collaboration with STEAM Academy, founded by Dr. A.P. Jayaraman.


Movie Screening | The Seventh Seal

Friday, 19th Jan 2024, 5.30 pm onwards

Join us for the screening of the movie ‘The Seventh Seal’, directed by Ingmar Bergman. This will be followed by a discussion with the artist T. V. Santhosh and filmmaker Kuntal Bhogilal. T. V. Santhosh will begin the conversation by discussing the impact of cinema and particularly Bergman's work on his practice.


Free Workshop | Decoding Images

Sunday, 21st Jan 2024, 11.30 am to 1 pm

Join us as we explore the power of storytelling through visuals in this workshop which will begin with a walkthrough of the ongoing exhibition. Participants will then be encouraged to create montages of images extracted from newspapers and magazines in response to the artworks seen in the exhibition.


Tree Walk | Bark, Buds, and Benefits

Sunday, 4th Feb 2024, 11 am to 12 pm

The Museum Plaza is a green enclave with a variety of trees including ashoka, coconut, whistling pine and jackfruit! Learn about these diverse species of trees and explore the world of medicinal plants. The walk is inspired by our ongoing exhibition by T. V. Santhosh. The paintings on view showcase symbols representing conflict against the backdrop of a medicinal garden hinting at hope and healing - an antidote to the chaotic reality we live in. The walk will be conducted by Katie Bagli. Following the walk, participants will engage in identifying the popularly used traditional Indian as well as Western medicinal plants featured in the artworks.


Storytelling Session | Life & Times of Winnie

Saturday, 10 Feb 2024, 4 pm to 5 pm

Join us with educator Priya Aga as she shares stories of friendship between a little boy and his bear inspired by real-life events. This session talks about resilience, perseverance, and hope in a challenging world while exploring the ongoing exhibition 'History Lab and the Elegy of Visceral Incantations' by TV Santhosh.


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