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CISA 2019, phase I

The third edition of Curatorial Intensive South Asia (CISA) 2019 was led by art historian and curator Dr. Leonhard Emmerling and Delhi based curator Latika Gupta. The first phase of the fellowship was a two-week intensive programme at Khoj Studios from July 8th – 20th 2019 and invited tutors and special lecturers and tutors with various specializations and engagements in artistic, curatorial, thinking, writing and research practices. They were: Tapati Guha Thakurta, Vidya Shivadas, Shuddhabrata Sengupta, Anita Dube, Jyotindra Jain, Naman P. Ahuja, Gayatri Sinha, Pooja Sood, Urvashi Butalia, Sneha Raghavan, Ranjit Hoskote, Shai Heredia, Dayanita Singh, Ravi Agarwal, Radha Mahendru and Abhay Saradesai.

The first phase of the intensive was a combination of talks, seminars and workshops looked at histories of exhibition making, institutions and their limitations. Emerging discussions incorporated varied range of curatorial frameworks and practices – non-instrumental knowledge that drew from various themes; patches of ideas that could lend themselves to varied contexts. They helped further the intent of CISA to develop a diversity of perspectives on the medium of the exhibition and to provide both a structured and an experimental inquiry into the possibilities of curatorial practice today.


The fellows for CISA 2019 are   Alisha Sett (India), Ashima Tshering (India) , Ayushma Regmi (Nepal), Diwas Raja (Nepal), Maryam Bagheri (Iran), Mila Samdub  (India), Paulomi Paul (India) Pranamita Borgohain (India), Rumi Samadhan (India), Sadia Marium (Bangladesh), Sarker Protick (Bangladesh), Kirubalini Stephan (Srilanka) , Zohreh Deldadeh  (Iran)

In the second phase the fellows will have the opportunity to independently develop curatorial projects over a period of six months during which they will be mentored by the programme leaders, culminating in exhibitions in December 2019.