A two day conference dedicated to exploring questions of curatorship in Indian contemporary art will be held in a Kolkata gallery.
On 27 and 28 July 2012, Experimenter in Kolkata will hold the second edition of its Curators’ Hub programme. As part of this year’s conference, ten curators will give presentations on their practice over the last two years. Two additional open forums will run alongside the event.
According to the press release,
Curatorial practice in India is at a crucial juncture and it is important to talk about its current state and its future development, especially through conversations between these curators who are pushing the boundaries of contemporary art. The two-day event will see a coming together of Indian and international curators, the visual arts community, critics, writers, thinkers, … collectors, theorists and people interested in contemporary art.
Attendees will give presentations on their practice in the South Asian art scene, followed by open sessions in which audience members can ask questions of the curators. This year’s forum has a special focus on curators who work in multiple roles in the contemporary art world and the implications of this mode of practice.
Participating curators include
- Abhay Maskara, Director of Gallery Maskara and author of the book Collecting Art – An Insider’s View of the Indian Art World.
- Dr Annapurna Garimella, an art historian and head of the research and design organisation Jackfruit.
- Aveek Sen, Rhodes scholar and senior assistant editor at The Telegraph.
- Diana Campbell, Founder and Director of Creative India Foundation, which provides consulting services for Indian art projects.
- Dr Inke Arns, independent curator and critic and Founder of the Hartware MedienKunstVerein, a platform for the production of experimental art.
- Meera Menzes, a New Delhi-based curator and writer who has curated several exhibitions in South Asia.
- Patrick Gosatti, a freelance curator and writer who coordinated a pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale.
- Suman Gopinath, an independent curator and Founder of CoLab Studio Art + Architecture, an organisation that works with art professionals to present Indian contemporary art in the context of international practice.
- Sumesh Sharma and Zasha Colah, Co-Founders and Curators of Clark House Initiative, a non-profit exhibition space.
- Susan Hapgood, Founder and Curator of the non-profit Mumbai Art Room and former Senior Advisor at Independent Curators International.
Experimenter, an art gallery in Kolkata, India, is dedicated to promoting young and emerging artists. The Curator’s Hub is part of their wider programming that is designed to encourage public dialogue around contemporary art. In its first year, the forum was called the Young Curators’ Hub, but for the 2012 edition the art space has expanded the scope of the event.
- Breaking down identity myths: Interview with Project for Empty Space founders – Part 2 – June 2012 – an interview with two curators of South Asian art, including one former participant in the Young Curators’ Hub
- Kiran Nadar Museum of Art: Education priority for India’s private institution – April 2012 – collector and curator support in India increasingly coming from the private sector
- Role of the curator in maturing Indian art scene – interview Vidya Shivadas – January 2012 – How dependent are budding art worlds on elite researchers?
- Modern Mumbai art spaces show up New Delhi “house conversations” – CNNGo – April 2011 – Mumbai’s art spaces prove more dynamic than the Indian capital’s
- India’s Experimenter focuses on the “now” with RAQS and Kolkata location – an interview with Prateek Raja – September 2010 – an interview with one of the founders of the Indian gallery
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