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 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.
photo by Carla Cruz
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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