This guide was written by a number of curators, artists and industry professionals based in the UK and India.
Latika Gupta is an art-historian and critic based in Delhi. She has previously worked as a curator of the National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi and has also curated independent exhibitions of South Asian art. She has been awarded grants by the Charles Wallace India Trust and the Nehru Trust for independent research projects. Current projects include working as a curator at KHOJ International Artists Association and an extensive research and photo-documentation project on Buddhism in Central Asia. She writes as a critic for Art India magazine and upcoming publications include a chapter for a book on contemporary Indian artists, edited by Gayatri Sinha and an essay for MARG magazine on Amrita Shergil.
Mumbai-based curator and film theorist. Besides having authored / co-authored several books on cinema in English and Gujarati, he has curated and organized programs for film festivals in India and abroad, and for Screen Unit, the film club he headed for over two decades. Along with, art critic-curator, Johan Pijnappel, he had coordinated / edited a special number of the Tokyo-based art quarterly ARTiT about 'Art in India (A mighty river of the unique and the universal).' He was also Indian correspondent for this Japan's first bilingual art journal. In 2006, he presented the Cinema of Prayoga program at the Tate Modern, London. As the Founder Director of Datakino, he has set up the database for the Films Division's production of documentary, short and animation films from 1949 to 1993. Recently he was invited by the Yale University (USA) to participate in the conference, The Avntgarde in the Indian New Wave.
Lawrence Liang, is a one of the cofounders of Alternative law Forum (ALF), a collective of lawyers working on various socio legal issues. A graduate of the National Law School, Bangalore, he subsequently pursued his Masters Degree in Warwick, England on a Chevening Scholarship. His key areas of interest are law, technology and culture, the politics of copyright and he has been working closely with Sarai, New Delhi on a joint research project Intellectual Property and the Knowledge/Culture Commons. A keen follower of the open source movement in software, Lawrence has been working on ways of translating the open source ideas into the cultural domain.
Lawrence is the author of A guide to Open content licenses, and currently working on a book on ideas of law and justice in Hindi cinema. He has lectured and presented at different universities including Harvard, Yale, Stanford and Columbia. Lawrence has also shown as an artists in Manfiesta 7 in Bolzano.
Emma Smith has a social practice that is both research and production based and responds to site-specific issues. Using organised events, performance, participation, film, photography, sound, drawing and painting, she explores the art of everyday life, investigating human engagement with space and in particular the psychological impact of space on human understanding and behavior. As part of her practice she regularly collaborates with other artists and works in multi- disciplinary teams.
Smith is interested in the role of artist as catalyst and facilitator, working with non-art audiences and creating events, occurrences and instigations that are of the moment and for the people who experience them at the time.
Lina Vincent Sunish is a Bangalore based art historian and consultant. Her experience has been in printmaking, gallery management, research and design. She is currently pursuing freelance writing and is a trustee member of Art, Resources and Teaching, an arts non-profit organisation with offices in Bangalore.
With a background in marketing and years of experience in the corporate sector, Arundhati started working for the India Foundation for the Arts, a not-for-profit, independent, national grant making organization in the arts and culture sector in India eight years ago. She is now the Deputy Director looking after administration, finance, investments and the theatre infrastructure along with fund-raising and resource mobilisation, arts services and consultancies, media management and public relations.
She graduated in Economics from Presidency College, Calcutta University and did her post graduation in Marketing and Communications from The Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad. She also holds a Bachelors degree in Dance with distinction in Kathak. She was selected as one of the top three city finalists for a campaign called "Lead India" an effort of the largest newspaper in India, Times of India's hunt for a national leader in 2007. She is also the recipient of the prestigious Chevening Gurukul Scholarship for a programme in Leadership and Excellence at the London School of Economics and Political Science, awarded by the Foreign Commonwelath Office, UK. With an avid interest in business, arts and education she also teaches, trains and speaks at various corporate and non profit forums. More information on Arundhati Ghosh's website.