Exhibition: Janek Simon– Janek was not Here
Artist: Janek Simon
Curators: Zasha Colah, Sumesh Sharma
25.11.14 – 19.12.2014
Open daily: 11am-7pm
Venue: Clark House Initiative, Clark House, 8 Nathalal Parekh Marg (Old Wodehouse Road), Bombay 400039
Janek Simon (b. 1977 in Krakow, lives and works in Warsaw) delves into the histories of Clark House, which was once a shipping office, with immense trade links to Easter Europe, during the non-aligned years up to the end of the 1980s. From photographs and films made by Thakur Sharma, the artist explores incredible economic and geographic relations across continents that today might seem distant.
Clark House Initiative, Bombay is a curatorial practice about a place, which in sharing a junction with two museums and a cinema, mirrors the fiction of what these spaces could be. Clark House was once an office of pharmaceutical research, an antiques store, and the shipping office of the Thakur Shipping Company that had links to countries in the Middle East, Europe and Japan. Curatorial interventions in the space hope to continue, differently, this history of internationalism, experiment and research. It was established in 2010 as a curatorial collaborative concerned with ideas of freedom.