Shalini Passi, the founder and director of the Shalini Passi Art Foundation and MASH (My Art Shalini), an online art platform, is an established art collector and artist. She is a part of the advisory board of Khoj and is an important patron of FICA (The Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art) and the Kochi-Muziris Biennale.
Besides these, Passi is also actively involved in conducting numerous workshops aimed at providing opportunities to underprivileged children to teach them about the arts and crafts.
I'm very committed to supporting arts education because I understand the unique value of cultural exposure and the skills it fosters in people and children. Art can be perceived as exclusive, so it’s important to have programmes that enable arts participation. This creates a less intimidating environment for people and they also learn to appreciate the arts, said Passi on the importance of arts education.
For Passi, art is about ideas and it should be a medium for expression or exploration. I am drawn to works that push boundaries to challenge the status quo. To me, it’s not just about what a piece of art looks like; it’s about what it means, and specifically, what it means to me,” she adds.
Passi recently participated in the GAAB Collector’s Summit in Warsaw, Poland and is also involved in the Foundation’s upcoming events, including a series of lectures by eminent speakers from a range of artistic disciplines. Her Art Foundation is also hoping to participate in India Art Fair and India Design ID in 2020.
PIONEER OF CONTEMPORARY ART
A graduate in Painting and a postgraduate in Art History, Bhavna Kakar established the contemporary art space called Latitude 28 in New Delhi to challenge preconceived notions of what comprises art.
“When I opened the gallery, there was very little support for young artists who were experimenting with innovative methods and materials but my independent curatorial practice enabled Latitude 28 to become a pioneering space in the city for contemporary art practices through collaborations with artists, curators and other institutions,” shares Kakar.
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