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Curatorial Intensive Mumbai 2010

Dec 14 – 16, 2010

Mumbai, India
Mohile Parikh Center

Mumbai, India

This program, co-produced with the Mohile Parikh Center in Mumbai, examined an evolving definition of contemporary curatorial practice, shaped by institutional professionals, independent curators and artists. Different curatorial models including solo and group exhibitions, film series, archives and commissions were considered and various contexts such as the museum, galleries or festivals were examined. With group discussion, the local curatorial context was also mapped and explored.

This concentrated series of lectures, discussions and workshops provided three intensive days of training in the practice of curating a contemporary art exhibition. In addition to introducing the curatorial role and concepts of exhibition-making, the program included a hands-on exercise in conceiving a small exhibition presented in a gallery space, Chatterjee & Lal.

Working through conceptual and practical considerations, the participants engaged directly with one of ICI’s Exhibitions in a Box, Harald Szeemann: Documenta 5. This exhibition series is conceived to provide primary material for recipients to work with, to make further selections from and to interpret; it is intended as catalyst for curatorial experimentation.

Renaud Proch

Renaud Proch is Independent Curators International (ICI)’s Executive & Artistic Director.

Susan Hapgood

Susan Hapgood is Executive Director of the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York.

Pooja Sood

Pooja Sood is the Director of KHOJ International Artists’ Association, an autonomous, artists’ led registered society aimed at promoting intercultural understanding through experimentation and exchange.

Geetha Mehra

Geetha Mehra is Director of Sakshi Gallery and curator of Finding India, an exhibition of Indian Art that was on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei, Taiwan (2010).

Maithili Parekh

Maithili Parekh is Deputy Director at Sotheby’s Art Auction House in Mumbai.

About The Mohile Parikh Center (MPC)
The Mohile Parikh Center is one of the leading centers in India devoted to Art, Culture and Education, with a focus on the visual arts, contemporary culture, media, underserved communities, and continuing education. Since its inception in 1990, it has provided extraordinary opportunities to both emerging and established artists, scholars from a variety of disciplines, cultural theorists, writers, students, children, and the general public to engage and interact with ideas and transformations in culture and society at large. In recognition to its contributions, the MPC has received grants from the Getty Foundation (2004) and its activities are presently supported by Hivos, Doen Foundation, Mondriaan Foundation & Arts Collaboratory. The MPC seeks to offer an integrated approach in interdisciplinary initiatives and lifelong learning by addressing cultural diversity, developing creative modes of pedagogy, and broadening the understanding of various knowledge systems in the contemporary world.

About Chatterjee & Lal
Chatterjee & Lal was formed in 2003 by husband and wife team Mortimer Chatterjee and Tara Lal. Based in Colaba’s art district, the gallery’s program is focused on the work of artists working within India or those with a special interest in the region. Over the last seven years the gallery and its artists have formed an important node in the city’s maturing art scene. In addition to the exhibiting of work within the confines of the gallery, Chatterjee & Lal has also organised a number of projects that have utilised non-traditional spaces within the city by artists that use mediums as diverse as performance, video and installation.

This program was made possible, in part, by a grant from the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation to support the development of ICI's training courses internationally; and by generous contributions from Toby Devan Lewis, James Cohan, the ICI Board of Trustees, ICI Benefactors Barbara and John Robinson, and ICI Partners and Patrons.

Chatterjee & Lal was the venue sponsor for the Mumbai course.