Shaleen Wadhwana is an independent arts educator and cultural heritage professional. Her curatorial practise explores meta-narratives in global history and artistic responses to contemporary social issues, reflected in her current show FRIN/GE at Vadehra Art Gallery, Delhi. She has curated OSMOSIS, a 3 artist show at TARQ Gallery, Mumbai (2019) and co-designed India’s first virtual artist residency Fissure with the Pollinator Interdisciplinary Lab (ongoing).As a Visiting Faculty at MIT Institute of Design, Pune, she teaches Big History and Design Futures and is the Humanities curriculum designer for their Innovation Programme. She has worked with cultural institutions like the British Museum, London, National Museum, Delhi and Chemould Prescott Road Gallery, Mumbai. She is academically trained in Art History (SOAS, London), Cultural Heritage Law (University of Geneva-UNESCO), Liberal Arts (Young India Fellowship, Ashoka University) and History (Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University). Recently, her research has been showcased at the Art and Antiquities Conference, Mumbai and in the India Perspectives Journal of the Ministry of External Affairs, India.
In a recent interview with Shaleen, we discussed what it means to be a curator in today’s landscape, and explored the outer rims of art, society, and identity with a Zoom tour of Shaleen’s latest curatorial venture with Vadehra Art Gallery: FRIN / GE. Within the context of FRIN / GE, they explore what it means to be a curator during the pandemic, how the relationship between the artist and curator is affected by technology and Lockdown, and the many innovative ways that both artists and curators are dreaming up to make their content more accessible to the world. Shaleen further disseminates the need for spaces such as FRIN / GE and what it means to be marginalised or beyond the norm. With this exhibition, any viewer will learn more about the importance of the conversations that art initiates, and the need for spaces where such conversations can happen whilst enhancing their knowledge on the many stakeholders in the world of art.
To see more installation shots of the artwork, please visit the official website of Vadehra Art Gallery: https://www.vadehraart.com/fringe
To embark on a 3D map tour of the exhibition, please click on the link below: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=xT1…