Advisory Group

Devika Daulet-Singh established PHOTOINK in 2001 as a photo agency and publication design studio, based in New Delhi. In 2008, PHOTOINK expanded into a gallery to exhibit contemporary Indian photography and international photographers. Her engagement with the world of photography has been as an editor, curator and publisher of photo books.

 

Devika Daulet-Singh has juried for the Umrao Singh Sher-Gil Grant for Photography (2015), W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography (2010), RNG India Press Photo Awards (2004, 2006), and has been a nominator for the 2016 International Photography Prize, the Prix Pictet prize (for the last five years) and the 2014 GD4PhotoART award.

Neelam Man Singh Chowdhry has a Master’s degree in the History of Arts as well as a diploma from the National School of Drama. In 1979, she moved to Bhopal and joined Rang Mandal, a theatre repertory attached to the multi-arts complex, Bharat Bhavan. In 1984, she moved to Chandigarh, where she set up her own theatre group, ‘The Company’. Alongside The Company, she has been teaching in and was also chairperson of the Department of Indian Theatre, Panjab University.

 

Her well-known plays include Kitchen Katha, The Suit, Yerma, Nagamandala, The Mad Woman of Chaillot, Little EyolfBitter Fruit and Naked Voices, to name a few The theatre group has participated in major national and international festivals.

 

Neelam Man Singh Chowdhry is the recipient of several awards including the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (2003) and the  Padmashri (2011). She is presently Professor Emeritus at the Panjab University.

Pooja Sood is a founding member and Director of Khoj International Artists’ Association, which is an autonomous, not for profit  society committed to experimentation and exchange in the visual arts in India. Under her stewardship, Khoj has grown from an annual event in 1997 to a small but vibrant institution which plays a central role in the development of experimental, interdisciplinary and critical contemporary art practice in India.

 

As Director of Khoj, Pooja Sood has worked actively to build a robust network of experimental spaces across South Asia, resulting in the South Asian Network for the Arts (SANA). Her contribution has been in the field of curating alternative contemporary art practices in India, as well as exploring different models of collaboration and institution-building in India and South Asia.

 

Since 2009 she has been the Director of ArThinkSouthAsia ( ATSA), which is an arts management programme for young cultural leaders  in South Asia. More recently, in 2015, she was appointed Director General of a multi-arts space, the Jawahar Kala Kendra, in Jaipur.

 

Pooja Sood is a Chevening scholar on the Clore  Leadership Programme, UK ( 2009–11). She lives and works in New Delhi.

Sabih Ahmed is a Senior Researcher at Asia Art Archive (AAA). He has led various research initiatives pertaining to modern and contemporary art in India that include digitisation projects of art practitioners’ archives, developing digital bibliographies of vernacular art writing, and organizing conferences and workshops. Sabih Ahmed was a member of the Curatorial Collegiate of the 11th Shanghai Biennale (2016) with Raqs Media Collective as Chief Curators.

 

He is based in New Delhi, where he has been a visiting faculty in Ambedkar University Delhi’s School of Culture and Creative Expression. His recent writings have been published in the Sarai Reader and Marg.

Vidya Shivadas is a curator based in New Delhi. She completed her Master’s in Art Criticism from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda in 2000. She is the Director of the not-for-profit Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA), set up in 2007 to support artists, art historians, curators, art critics and other professionals devoted to the study of contemporary Indian art, as well as to conduct educational and art outreach programmes. She has curated a number of exhibitions at the Vadehra Art Gallery since 2002, and guest-curated exhibitions at the Devi Art Foundation, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art and Edinburgh Art Festival.

 

In 2007, she received a fellowship from Goethe-Institut and the Education Department of Documenta 12 to participate, with five other international curators, in the Educational Programme of Documenta 12, between 17 May and 23 September. In 2009, she was awarded the Asia Art Archive Research Grant to map the discipline of art criticism as it has developed the Indian context, from independence to the present.

 

Vidya Shivadas has been visiting faculty at the School of Culture and Creative Expressions, Ambedkar University Delhi, since 2013. She is also on the faculty for the Post Graduate Diploma in Modern and Contemporary Indian Art and Curatorial Studies at the Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai. Since 2014 she has been the Curatorial Consultant for Students’ Biennale, Kochi Biennale Foundation, mentoring a team of fifteen curators as they research and engage with art schools across the country and generate an exhibition platform from this process.