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Curatorial Intensive South Asia 2019

Curatorial Intensive South Asia (CISA) is a fellowship for young curators from South Asia. The program aims to develop a diversity of perspectives on the medium of the exhibition to provide a structured and an experimental inquiry into the possibilities of curatorial practice today. CISA aims to support creative thinking by building an infrastructure for making and exhibiting contemporary art.

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The third edition of Curatorial Intensive South Asia (CISA) 2019 was led by art historian and curator Dr. Leonhard Emmerling and Delhi based curator Latika Gupta. For this first phase of the fellowship, KHOJ invited tutors and lecturers with various specializations and engagements in artistic and curatorial thinking, writing, and research practices. They were: Tapati Guha Thakurta, Vidya Shivadas, Shuddhabrata Sengupta, Anita Dube, Jyotindra Jain, Naman P. Ahuja, Gayatri Sinha, Pooja Sood, Urvashi Butalia, Sneha Raghavan, Ranjit Hoskote, Shai Heredia, Dayanita Singh, Ravi Agarwal, Radha Mahendru and Abhay Saradesai.

The first phase of the intensive was a combination of talks, seminars and workshops that looked at histories of exhibition-making, institutions and their limitations. Emerging discussions incorporated a wide range of curatorial frameworks and practices – non-instrumental knowledge that drew from various themes; patches of ideas that could lend themselves to varied contexts. They helped further the intent of CISA to develop a diversity of perspectives on the medium of the exhibition and to provide both a structured and an experimental inquiry into the possibilities of curatorial practice today.

The fellows for CISA 2019 were Alisha Sett (India) whose project was Rooee, Ashima Tshering (India) who worked on Knock Knock , Ayushma Regmi (Nepal) who created inhibitions.inhabitations, Diwas Raja (Nepal) who developed Furnishing Papers, Maryam Bagheri (Iran) who worked on Timequake, Mila Samdub (India) whose project was Real Time Tactics, Poulomi Paul (India) who created Pata/पता,  Pranamita Borgohain (India) who conceptualised Dis-place, Rumi Samadhan (India) who rendered 1927 – The Mahad Satyagraha: ‘Erasure’ as a form of assertion, Sadia Marium (Bangladesh) who worked on GHAR, Sarker Protick (Bangladesh) who developed This Too Shall Pass, Kirubalini Stephan (Srilanka) whose project was Memoryscapes, and Zohreh Deldadeh (Iran) who created Some-Bodies: Bodily Narratives in Iranian Contemporary Art.

The fellows had the opportunity to independently develop curatorial projects over a period of six months during which they were mentored by the programme leaders, culminating in exhibitions in December 2019.

 

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