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Abhay Maskara, founder and director, Gallery Maskara has been instrumental in shaping many artists’ lives. He has promoted and presented the works of innovative and cutting edge artists and curated thought provoking shows. As he gets ready for his last and final show we connect with him to learn more about the last ten years…

Time, your last show at Gallery Maskara. What were the thoughts going on in your mind while putting the show together?
That my Father would have been so proud to see this show.

Can you tell us a little about Time?
One of the most fundamental of life’s great mysteries is Time. And how we choose to spend the remaining time we have left on earth without knowing just how much of that time we really do have left. My Father died of pancreatic cancer on June 14th 2016—without prior warning and within 12-days of diagnosis. Time was no longer just a useful construct that I took for granted but rather felt like an alarm clock with a ticking heart. It was a period of profound loss and gradual acceptance as I began to look at my own life more closely. 
This show is a result of that reflection. Through the works presented, I invite the viewer to examine their own relationships, with their loved ones, with themselves, with life and ultimately—with death.  

How would you sum up your last 10 years at Gallery Maskara?
An amazing dream that lasted for ten long years. 

What have been the a) high, b) thrilling, c) challenging and d) ambitious strokes you have experienced in the last 10 years?
Curating 45-odd shows at the gallery have been the high, finding and nurturing brave new voices in art has been thrilling, getting people to see, appreciate and collect art for its aesthetics rather than for its economics has been challenging and staying true to the program of the gallery for 10 years in absence of a robust art ecosystem has been ambitious. 

Were you always romantically inclined towards the arts? 
My love affair with art started when I was around 12-years old so yes you can safely say that I have been romancing art for a long time and the feelings have only deepened over time.

What is it you’ll be framing now—Plans for the future?
To celebrate each day and make it as joyful and fulfilling as possible—with books, nature, travel and art as an integral part of my life.


Text Shruti Kapur Malhotra



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