Curator


Anindita Dutta

Chief Curator


Sculptor and Performance artist USA/India

Visual artist Anindita Dutta has a remarkable body of work that combines sculpture, performance, and installation. Dutta has become internationally renowned for her highly expressive use of wet clay in her performance work, which explores the themes of mortality, time, creativity along with social, political and psychological conflict.

Dutta is born in India, completed BFA at Visva Bharati University, Shantiniketan, MFA at the University of Iowa, Iowa city in 2005 and at the same year attended Skowhegan School of painting and sculpture in Main USA. She has awarded grants from Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology, Beijing, (2014), The Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant (2008) and UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists Fellowship(2005).

She has attended many renowned artist residency/ museum residency programs among them are the Aguacate Studio, Puerta Vallarta,Mexico; the Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology, Beijing, China; the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum; the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture; International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York; the Art Omi International Art Center, NY; CAMAC, the Marnay-sur-Seine, France; the Sacatar Foundation Residency, Bahia, Brazil; the KHOJ Kolkata International Workshop, Kolkata, India; among others.

Anindita's works are in the Permanent Collections of Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology, Beijing, China, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan, Arthur M. Sackler’s private collection, New York, USA, Clarinda Carnegie Art Museum, Iowa, USA, Keran and Robert Duncan private collection, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA, Francis J. Greenburger Collection, New York, USA, Marc and Kathy LeBaron private collection, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA And many other private collections around the world.

She has been exhibited widely in the US, China, Japan, France, Brazil, India, Bangladesh, and Chile.



Madhavan Pillai

Co Curator


Photographer

Madhavan. Pillai, a firm believer of Gandhian thoughts is an Affiliated Researcher at Institut Français de Pondichéry, artist, curator, archivist, gallerist, TEDtalk speaker, researcher on 19th century photography. Currently he is the Executive Director and founder of Asia Photography Archive (APA), an initiative to research and preserve the photographic heritage of India and Asia. He is was also a co-founder of Goa Center for Alternative photography (Goa-CAP), a not-for-profit, state-of-the-art research and artistic space dedicated exclusively to alternative photography in India. In the capacity of a Curator, Madhavan has a number of projects and events to his credit. these include ‘Wanted Series – photography’, a monthly discussion series which travels to different cities in India; ‘Historical Photo Restoration Week’, an annual photography conservation awareness festival in India and ‘Focus Photography Festival’, Mumbai for 2015 edition and Jury of 2017 edition, in addition to several photography exhibitions around India. He is also the founder, curator of Gallery OneTwo, an abounded toilet in Ooty which is repurposed into art space.He got ATSA fellowship (year 2012-13) for Arts Management (Goethe Institut).



Vinay Kumar

Co Curator & Director, BGB


Art critic and Artist

Vinay Kumar is a known art critic, editor and cultural activist. He served Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi as Deputy Secretary, Director Culture in the Govt. of Bihar and he is a recipient of Art Think South Asia Fellowship (2011-12). He is a founding member of ‘Art Canvas: A magazine of contemporary art’ and Canvas Trust. Kumar has evolved many spaces of performance and visual art. Kumar has contributed many book and articles and chapters in mainstream publication of Visual arts, both in Hindi and English. The most widely read are ‘Where is Art’ (2011) and ‘Contemporary Art of Bihar ‘(2013) and contemporary folk arts. He is also known for his artist group PRACHI and Nandlal Basu Street Art Gallery in Patna in late Eighties and early ninties.

He has received Bhartendu Harishchandra Award for "news paper design" in the year 2001.

He got ATSA fellowship year (2011-12) for Arts Management (Goethe Institut). he has been announced for Dinkar Award for Writing on art by DACY, Government of Bihar for year 2018-19.


Curatorial Advisors


Yasmeen Siddiqui

Curatorial Advisor


Ms. Yasmeen Siddiqui is the founding director of Minerva Projects, whose objective is to support interdisciplinary artists who have expressed the desire to analyze their practice, and where curatorial ideas are tested in service to publishing books. In tandem with this work, Siddiqui writes and edits, having her work published in Hyperallergic, ART PAPERS, Cairo Times, Medina Magazine, Flash Art, Modern Painters, NKA and The Brooklyn Rail. Current projects include a book-length manuscript on the subject of home and a series of essays considering authoritarianism through the works of artists and authors. She is also co-editing the anthology The Storytellers of Art Histories (Intellect Books, 2021). Siddiqui is a core faculty member at the School of Visual Art at Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York and the Master of Arts in Critical Craft Studies at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina.

Speaking over her association with Bodhgaya Biennale 2020 Ms. Yasmeen Siddiqui said that “the mission of Minerva Projects is to publish books that elucidate the work of artists, art histories, and curators. The imprint Minerva Press is honored to publish a volume reflecting on the third Bodhgaya Biennale (2020-2021). The primary goal of this book will be to shine a light on the way folk arts, crafts, and contemporary arts infuse each other while struggling for supremacy, visibility, prominence, and commercial value. The Bodhgaya context is a striking situation that permits and in fact flourishes when these art forms co-exist, aware of each other, indebted to the other. Minerva Press has begun the preliminary work of identifying authors, artist, thinkers, and activists for this volume, which is committed to destabilizing hierarchies that demarcate and constrain these kinds of art within the larger context of visual culture”



Robin Pickett

Curatorial Advisor


Ms. Robin Pickett has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Art/Graphic Design). After having owned her own design business for over a decade in Indiana, USA, she has now been exploring art through fiber and cultures and is fascinated by the commonalities between humans all over the world. Her aim is to celebrate the threads that tie us all together.