The not-known, the not-yet-formalised: very small feelings

In Conversation - Akansha Rastogi and Diana Campbell
13 July, 6:00 pm
KNMA Saket

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Co-curators of the exhibition, Very Small Feelings, Akansha Rastogi and Diana Campbell will be in conversation and will discuss how the exhibition took shape.

Diana Campbell (Los Angeles, 1984) is a Princeton educated American curator who has been working in South and Southeast Asia since 2010, primarily in India, Bangladesh, and the Philippines. Since 2013, she has served as the Founding Artistic Director of Dhaka-based Samdani Art Foundation, Bangladesh and Chief Curator of the Dhaka Art Summit, leading the critically acclaimed 2014-2023 editions and currently imagining the 2025 and 2027 chapters as a continuous ongoing curatorial project which builds infrastructure and new models for contemporary art making and public engagement with culture. In addition to her exhibitions making practice, Campbell is responsible for developing the Samdani Art Foundation collection and drives its international collaborations ahead of opening the foundation’s permanent home, Srihatta, the Samdani Art Centre and Sculpture Park in Sylhet. Concurrent to her work in Bangladesh from 2016-2018, she was also the Founding Artistic Director of Bellas Artes Projects in the Philippines, a non-profit international residency and exhibition program with sites in Manila and Bataan, and curated Frieze Projects in London for the 2018 and 2019 editions of the fair. She curated the 2023 edition of Desert X with Neville Wakefield in the Coachella Valley, California, and is on the facilitation group of AFIELD, an international network of socially engaged artistic practices. Her writing has been published by Mousse, Frieze, Art in America, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) among others.

Akansha Rastogi is Senior Curator of Exhibitions and Programming at the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA) in New Delhi, India. She has been part of the core instituting team of the museum since 2011. As a creative practitioner, she is the founding member of artist collective WALA (formed in 2009), and is intensely involved with many artists-led initiatives and forums in New Delhi. Her research and writing focuses on exhibition histories of modern and contemporary Indian art, institutional memory, museum studies and storytelling. She studied Art History at National Museum Institute and English Literature at Delhi University.

Akansha’s exhibitions, ‘Hangar for the Passerby’ (2017), ‘Zones of Contact/Grazing’ (2013), ‘Inhabiting the Museum’ (2011-15) and ‘Archiving the Studio’ (2011) have been ingenious for their curatorial thinking, approaches and conceptual rigour. Each one positioning and imagining contemporary art museum space in South Asia as an incremental site for the undigested materials and histories. She served as associate curator of India Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale (2019). Since 2019, she is leading a multi-year program at KNMA under the framework of ‘Young Artists of Our Times’ (YAOT), under which she has curated four exhibitions and thought-forms, the most recent one was 'Very Small Feelings' co-curated with Diana Campbell and presented at Dhaka Art Summit 2023, and others are 'Right to laziness... No, strike that! Sidewalking with the man saying sorry' (2020), Summer's Children (2019), Smell Assembly (2019). Through its exhibitions, books, institutional partnerships and assemblies, YAOT explores a range of artistries, approaching the ‘young’ as a sensory body, not simply as an age, but as transformative, restless, and a critical space of inquiry and experimentation.



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