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Landings

Natasha Ginwala is an independent curator, researcher and writer. She is currently part of the artistic team of the 8th Berlin Biennale. Recent projects include, Landings, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art and partner organizations (with Vivian Ziherl) and The Museum of Rhythm, Taipei Biennial 2012 (with Anselm Franke).

Vivian Ziherl is a curator, researcher and writer. Since 2011 she has been a Curator at If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want to Be Part Of Your Revolution, Amsterdam. Recent projects include Landings, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art and partner organisations (with Natasha Ginwala) and StageIt! (Part 1 & 2) at the Stedelijk Museum, 2012/2013 (with Hendrik Folkerts).

Conceived by curators Natasha Ginwala and Vivian Ziherl. Landings is initiated upon invitation of Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art (Rotterdam) and presented with partner organizations including Studium Generale Rietveld Academie (Amsterdam); the Tropenmuseum (Amsterdam); the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam); BARBERSHOP (Lisbon); Campo Adentro (Madrid); David Roberts Art Foundation (London); Iniva (London) in collaboration with NGBK (Berlin).

Rustom Bharucha

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RUSTOM BHARUCHA is Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. He is the author of several books including Theatre and the World, The Question of Faith, In the Name of the Secular, The Politics of Cultural Practice, Rajasthan: An Oral History, Another Asia: Rabindranath Tagore and Okakura Tenshin, and the recently published Terror and Performance. He was the Project Director of Arna-Jharna: The Desert Museum of Rajasthan devoted to traditional knowledge systems, and the Artistic Director of two inter-Asian performance festivals of the Ramayana at the Adishakti Laboratory for Theatre Research, Pondicherry.

Anshuman Dasgupta

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Anshuman Das Gupta is currently teaching faculty in the Art History department in Kalabhavan, Santiniketan (Visva Bharati University) and is affiliated to the Curatorial Knowledge programme in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, London University as a PhD candidate.

He was born in 1967 in Kolkata, India. He did his graduation in Art History from Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan, and Post Graduation in Art History from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S University, Baroda in 1990 and 1992 respectively.

His essays and seminar papers have been published in several journals and publications like the Marg publications- Art & Visual Cultures in India 1857- 2007 (2009), Akbar Padamsee (in Press, 2009) and Contemporary Indian Sculpture, among others.Anshuman has taken up several curatorial assignments at various times, which include; exhibition organized by the French Embassy in Delhi on the birth centenary of Antonin Artaud in 1996, Khoj International artists’ workshop events in Bengal in 2006, Ramkinker Baij Centenary exhibition in Santiniketan in 2007, ‘Santhal Family: positions around an Indian sculpture’ for the Museum of Contemporary Art, MuHKA, Antwerp (a collaborative curatorial venture) in 2008. He has participated in around thirty national and international seminars, including Patterns of Reflection: writing contemporary Indian art (Oct, 09, Santiniketan- Lalit kala and kala Bhavan) Periferry in Guwahati, Assam (2009); MuHKA, Antwerp (2008); seminar organized by ZKM & MMB in Delhi (2008). He also organized the Ramkinker Baij Centenary international seminar in Santiniketan in 2007.

Grant Watson

GWGrant Watson is Senior Curator and Research Associate at the Institute of International Visual Arts in London (Iniva). As curator at the Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen (MuHKA) 2006 – 2010 his projects included  Santhal Family positions around an Indian sculpture, Cornelius Cardew, Search for the Spirit, Textiles Art and the Social Fabric and the Keywords lecture series. He was previously the Curator of Visual Arts at Project in Dublin between 2001 and 2006 where he focused on solo commissions from contemporary Irish and international artists as well as themed projects such as a series on communism that included an exhibition, book and radio programme. Watson has worked with modern and contemporary Indian art since 1999, researching this subject for Documenta 12, as well as co curating Reflections on Indian Modernism a series of exhibitions, talks and events at the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA).  The touring exhibition Nasreen Mohamedi: Notes is the first instalment of this programme. Watson studied Curating and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths College London where he is currently a PhD candidate.

Andrea Phillips

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Dr Andrea Phillips is Professor of Fine Art and Director of PhD programmes in the Art Department at Goldsmiths. Andrea lectures and writes about the economic and social construction of publics within contemporary art. Recent publications include: Public Space (A Space Called Public, Koln: Walter Koenig, 2013), Constructed Situation (Architecture as Situation, University of Edinburgh, 2013), Art Work (Esther Shalev-Gerz: The Contemporary Art of Trusting Uncertainties and Unfolding Dialogues [Stockholm: Art & Theory, 2013]), Art as Property (Economy: Art and the Subject after Postmodernism (Liverpool University Press, 2014 forthcoming), Civic Building, David Adjaye (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014 forthcoming).

Recent and ongoing research projects include: Curating Architecture, a think tank and exhibition examining the role of exhibitions in the making of architecture’s social and political forms, Actors, Agent and Attendants, a research project and set of publications that address the role of artistic and curatorial production in contemporary political milieus (in collaboration with SKOR 2009-2012), co-director with Suhail Malik of the research project The Aesthetic and Economic Impact of the Art Market, an investigation into the ways in which the art market shapes artists’ careers and public exhibition, Public Alchemy, the public programme for the Istanbul Biennial 2013 (co-curated with Fulya Erdemci), Tagore, Pedagogy and Contemporary Visual Cultures (in collaboration with Grant Watson and Iniva 2014).

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Shanay Jhaveri

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photo by Jessie Chaney

Shanay Jhaveri is the editor of Western Artists and India: Creative Inspirations in Art and Design (Thames and Hudson, 2013) and Outsider Films on India: 1950 -1990 (The Shoestring Publisher, 2010). He curated the exhibition Companionable Silences at the Palais De Tokyo, Paris and film programmes at the TATE Modern, INIVA and the LUX/ICA Biennial of Moving Images. He is a contributing editor to Frieze magazine, and is currently a Phd. candidate at the Royal College of Art, London.