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Curatorial Intensive Mumbai 2011

Dec 12 – 15, 2011

Mumbai, India
Mohile Parikh Center (MPC)

Mumbai, India

The Mumbai Curatorial Intensive, developed and implemented by Independent Curators International (ICI), was offered in Mumbai, India in collaboration with the Mohile Parikh Center (MPC), Mumbai.

This three–day Intensive, for 15 applicants selected by ICI and MPC, offered a forum on curatorial practice focused on contemporary art and geared toward the emerging professional curator. The program provided participants an introduction to the field of contemporary curatorial practice today, and the opportunity to set up a foundation for future curatorial work. Participants engaged with current curatorial thinking in a critical environment that provides an international context for understanding contemporary art and exhibition making today.

The Mumbai Curatorial Intensive consisted of two days of seminars, during which the selected participants attended closed-door lectures and discussions with experienced curators from ICI, and other prominent professional curators invited from Asia and Europe. On the final day, a public forum of two panel discussions was held, with professional curators from Asia, Europe and North America, who gave talks on pressing issues for contemporary curators.

This event develops directly out of the successful prior collaboration, "What Is Curating?" an intensive hands-on series of workshops organized by ICI and MPC in December 2010. These events fill a gap in the Indian contemporary art world, where despite an active art scene, no formal long-term academic training programs exist.

Flora Boillot

Flora Boillot is the Director of Sam Arts Projects and the former director of Subodh Gupta Studio.

Saskia Fernando

Saskia Fernando is the Director and Curator of Saskia Fernando Gallery, and the former director and curator of Paradise Road Galleries.

Mehak Goyal

Mehak Goyal is the Art Prorgram Executive for Mumbai International Airport.

Himanshu Kadam

Himanshu Kadam is Senior Curatorial Associate at the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, and Researcher at Design Plus.

Rupinder Kaur

Rupinder Kaur is Editorial Researcher at Tata McGraw Hill Education.

Nivedita Magar

Nivedita Nagar is Director of Programming at GALLERYSKE, and Manager of Bodhi Art Gallery.

Viviana Mejia

Viviana Mejia is Curator of ArtXchange Gallery, and Fair Manager of Affordable Art Fair, Singapore.

Varsha Reshamwala

Varsha Reshamwala is Curatorial Associate at Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, and Senior Manager of Osian's Connoisseurs of Art.

Gayatri Uppal

Gayatri Uppal is Assistant Curator at Khoj International Artists' Association, and Arts Manager at Artist Pension Trust Mumbai.

Ketaki Yadav

Ketaki Yadav is Associate Curator at The Guild, Mumbai, and a visiting faculty member at Sir JJ School of Art.

Chelsea Haines

Chelsea Haines is a writer and curator based in New York.

Kate Fowle

Kate Fowle is Director of MoMA PS1 in New York.

Susan Hapgood

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

Annie Fletcher

Annie Fletcher is currently Curator of Exhibitions at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, and tutor at De Appel, Amsterdam.

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.

Arshiya Lokhandwala

Arshiya Lokhandwala is an art historian, curator and founder of Lakeeren Art Gallery (1995–2003) in Mumbai, India.

Heejin Kim

Heejin Kim is curator, director of Art Space Pool (2010-present) and former curator of Insa Art Space (2006-09) in Seoul.

Christiane Mennicke-Schwarz

Christiane Mennicke-Schwarz is the curator of contemporary art and art historian in Dresden.

Shivaji Panikkar

Professor Shivaji K Panikkar is an Art Historian specialized in Indian Art.

Gayatri Sinha

Gayatri Sinha is an art critic and curator based in New Delhi.

Annapurna Garimella

Dr. Annapurna Garimella is a designer and an art historian who focuses on the art and architecture of India and is based in Bangalore, India.

Vidya Shivadas

Vidya Shivadas is a curator and art critic based in New Delhi.

Sharmila Samant

Sharmila Samant is an artist based in Mumbai who previously ran, Open Circle, a non-profit artists collective in Mumbai.

Shaina Anand

Shaina Anand is a filmmaker and artist, and a co-initiator of CAMP.

The Mumbai Curatorial Intensive was made possible by grants from Hivos, Doen Foundation, Mondriaan Foundation and Arts Collaboratory, who are partners in the activities of the Mohile Parikh Center, Mumbai.

This intensive was also supported, in part, by grants from the Dedalus Foundation, the Helena Rubinstein Foundation, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, The Cowles Charitable Trust, The Hartfield Foundation, and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation; and by generous contributions from Toby Devan Lewis, James Cohan, and the supporters of ICI Access Fund.