Prateek and Priyanka Raja who spearhead Experimenter Curators’ Hub spoke about the current edition and their future plans. Initiated in 2009, it goes outside the usual parameters of the art market, highlighting instead experimental and alternative artists from all over the world.
Entering its 6th edition, the Experimenter Curators’ Hub is a crucial platform in developing and sustaining discourse on curatorial practice and exhibition. The curators participating at ECH 2016 are Ariana Pradal, Cosmin Costinas, Dayanita Singh, Giorgio Galleani, Marta Smolinska, Maud Page, Naman Ahuja, Natasha Ginwala, Rahaab Allana, Susie Lingham and Hans-Ulrich Obrist (via video conference).
According to Prateek, Kolkata was chosen as the home for ECH primarily for two reasons. Besides the fact that Experimenter is in Kolkata, they wanted bring the most amazing minds in contemporary art to the city and also because they feel that Kolkata has always had a sense for the arts.
Speaking about the local art scenario and ECH’s contribution to it, Priyanka elucidates that Kolkata now needs fresh perspective towards contemporary art. One of the biggest assets has been to document and archive all the Hub’s discussions as an online, freely accessible resource that can be viewed by students, researchers and curators on the Experimenter website.
Recognizing the importance of social media, this year, interviews with each of the curators on a daily basis will be posted leading up to the event. This way, audiences will get to know the curators a bit better before the Hub.
This event will take place on 28th, 29th and 30th July.
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