Written by Vandana Kalra |Published: November 28, 2019 6:12:33 am
What’s on your mind, Curator
In its ninth edition, Experimenter gallery in Kolkata hosts the annual Curators’ Hub to promote critical discourse.
In 2009, when former corporate employees Priyanka and Prateek Raja established Experimenter gallery in Kolkata with an aim to showcase art of our times and act as “an incubator for an ambitious and challenging contemporary practice”, there were innumerable related aspects and particulars that they intended to discuss — including curatorial programming, which was both perhaps undermined and misunderstood in India. “From the beginning, we saw our role to be very different from what the standard white cube gallery does. We never felt limited from what is expected out of a gallery, and found our own ways to define what we wanted to do,” says Priyanka. Within days of discussing a forum where curators could be in conversation with their audience, the couple sent out emails to the curators they knew, floating the idea of a gallery-hosted discussion, and received an immediate and overwhelming approval. “We wanted to get into the curator’s mind,” adds Priyanka.
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