India Art Fair's acclaimed Speakers' Forum brings together artists, curators, patrons, and professionals engaged within the visual arts, to explore themes of access, integration and cultural discourse across South Asia.
At the 2017 edition of our Speakers' Forum conversations examined diverse topics such as: New Directions, which assessed current gallery model in an era of change; Vernacular In Flux, which examined the pressure felt by vernacular artists to manifest 'tradition' and to engage with the 'Indian Contemporary' in the global art world; The Future of Museums in a Globalised World discussed the changing role of museums as institutions of cultural representation; Emerging Networks in South Asian Art examined art histories of the sub-continent being written, circulated, and negotiated internationally and within the region. Other panels include Global Contemporaries, which highlighted some of the diverse artistic practices being explored by South Asian artists; and finally, a series of Collector Conversations facilitated intimate conversations with collectors throughout the globe while providing a glimpse into their private collections.
Our Speakers' Forum included speakers such as- Richard Armstrong, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Sheena Wagstaff, Leonard A. Lauder Chairman of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art,Manuel Rabaté, Director, Louvre Abu Dhabi, HE Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi, President and Director of the Sharjah Art Foundation, Simon Rein, Programme Manager, Google Arts and Culture; Pooja Sood, Director of Khoj International Artists Association, Alessio Antonelli, Director of Gasworks, Boon-Hui Tan, Director, Asia Society Museum, Lekha Poddar, Founder of Devi Art Foundation and private collectors Carl Christian Aegidius, Jean-Conrad and Isabelle Lemaitre, Komal Shah, Frederic de Goldschmidt, Anurag Khanna, Michal Borowik, Ashiesh Shah and Vir Kotak amongst others.
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