Through Art Market & You, Art From Us provides you Analysis, Opinion and Factual Reports regarding the current on-goings of the Global Art Market. In this article, we discuss the #MeToo at TARQ Gallery
On October 11, 2018, TARQ gallery in Mumbai proudly opened its exhibition ‘Datura’ featuring the works of photographer Shahid Datawala. The show was to be on until November 24, 2018. It features stills from nature, captured by the artist in his travels around Mumbai and Paris. On October 18 however, the gallery announced a sudden closure of the exhibition. The reason stated was that the artist had been accused of sexual misconduct by Amaaya Dasgupta over social media. The gallery stated that while the matter is being investigated, it felt that discontinuing the show would be most appropriate.
TARQ gallery further went on to clarify. They were not aware of the allegations when the exhibition was being planned. They also confirmed their complete support and solidarity towards the movement.
While legal systems around the world seem to be struggling to keep pace with the #metoo movement. Social justice has predominantly been swift and unforgiving. Public and private institutions alike want to steer clear of any association with alleged sex offenders. Irrespective of whether their motivations are driven by ethics or merely social pressure.
While we acknowledge that sexual misconduct can work both ways, we do wonder whether the movement will finally better the market for female artists. Either way, we found applaud the people at TARQ Gallery for their stand on the issue.