Carpenters Workshop Gallery makes its debut at the India Art Fair 2024, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary at the NSIC Exhibition Grounds, New Delhi from 1-4 February. Through a collaboration with esteemed designer Ashiesh Shah, the gallery’s participation is the start of a long-term relationship with the fair, which continues to build a more diverse and contemporary art landscape in India.
Together, Carpenters Workshop Gallery and Shah will be presenting a booth curated around the theme of Querencia – a Spanish word that describes a place where one feels safe, a ‘home’ that serves as a source of strength and inspiration. The curated selection of artists, including seasoned maestros such as Wendell Castle, Nacho Carbonell, Ingrid Donat and Karl Lagerfeld plus a roster of emerging talents, reflects a commitment to bringing together local and international names with the Indian audience. Shah will unveil his pieces in conjunction with the gallery, citing a significant showcase of timeless pieces and contemporary Indian crafts.
As the founder and creative director of Ashiesh Shah Atelier, Shah brings a unique perspective rooted in the Japanese philosophy of Wabi-Sabi, honouring India’s rich past while inspiring visions of the future. The gallery found a shared vocabulary with Shah, notably amongst his commitment to craftsmanship and how he discusses artists, their work and creative process. This understanding of design as art and a commitment to craft made the collaboration deeply enriching.
“Our collaboration with the India Art fair has been rewarding so far and we’re looking forward to building a long-term relationship with the fair. We recognise the fair’s significant position in the Indian art world and the contribution it has made to building a diverse contemporary landscape in India. It’s impossible to ignore the majestic beauty and rich cultural history of India; it’s always been a territory we’ve been intrigued by, and we hope to garner further understanding of its history and how it can inform the perspective of the gallery going forward.” - Loic Le Gallard
Words Platform Desk