PARTICIPANT / Pooja Sood

  • Name Pooja Sood
  • Country India
  • Vocation Not Available
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Pooja Sood is an independent Curator and Art Management Consultant
Pooja Sood’s contribution has been in the field of curating alternative contemporary art practices in India as well as exploring different models of institution building for contemporary art. With expertise in the establishing and running of cultural networks she is keen to understand and explore the long term potential of global networks of artists. She is committed to developing the infrastructure for the arts in India and develop ongoing dialogue in south Asia.
Pooja Sood is the Director of KHOJ International Artists’ Association, an autonomous, artists’ led registered society aimed at promoting intercultural understanding through experimentation and exchange. It is possibly the only such public organization for experimental contemporary art in India. As a founding member of Khoj she coordinated the KHOJ International artist’s workshop in Delhi from 1998-2001, facilitated the workshops in Bangalore 2002-2003, in Mumbai 2005, Kolkata2006 and Srinagar 2007.
In New Delhi, she has developed a radical space for alternative art practice at the KHOJ studios, which runs workshops, international residency programmes and diverse projects. She has raised funding for the development of a pilot national network for the arts based on the KHOJ model.. As the Director of KHOJ, she has developed core competencies in curating, fundraising, strategic planning and capacity building. ( www.khojworkshop.org)
Pooja Sood is the Regional Coordinator of the international artists’ network facilitated by the Triangle Arts Trust , UK. Starting in 2000, she has researched and facilitated the establishment of organizations in the region ( Vasl Arts Trust in Pakistan, Britto Arts Trust in Bangladesh, Sutra in Nepal, Teertha in Sri Lanka) thereby developing a south Asian network for the arts. She has raised funding from the Ford Foundation to develop a communications network and a presence of south Asian art on the internet. She organized the first ever seminar-workshop on contemporary art from South Asia in New Delhi in 2001. She is keen to find a way of sustaining the network in the future.. (http://www.khojworkshop.org/sana)
From May 2009 she assumed Directorship of the project Arthinksouthasia, a fellowship programme sponsored by the Goethe Institut, ArthinkSouthAsia( www.arthinksouthasia.org) where she researched and developed the management programme for young managers in the cultural sphere.
She was the Curator of the Apeejay Media Gallery, the first and only dedicated new media gallery in India from 2002-2008. She has curated and programmed several large scale Indian and International video and interactive art exhibitions thereby putting Indian video art on the cultural map of Delhi. . Her responsibilities at the Gallery included curating, programming and international profiling of the gallery. (www.apeejaymediagallery.com).
From October 2007- December 2008, she was director of Artists Pension Trust , Mumbai which is part of the global Artists Pension Trust head quartered in New York. ( www.aptglobal.org).
As an independent curator, she was appointed Artistic Director and curator of 48C. Public Art. Ecology , the first public art project in India commissioned by the Goethe Insitut, and GTZ New Delhi in December 2008. ( www.48c.org). It included commissioning 25 art projects by renowned Indian and international artists. She curated KHOJ LIVE08, a live arts Festival in March 2008. She has co curated the exhibition “Have we met?” with curators from Indonesia, Japan and Thailand for the Japan Foundation in 2004. She was invited to curate a video art exhibition for the Musee D’ Ethnographie in Geneva in 2004 and was a guest curator for InteractiveA03 , a video art festival in Mexico in 2003 and the Freewaves Media Festival in Los Angeles, USA., 2004..
From 1994 to 1998, Sood was the Director of the Eicher Gallery in New Delhi, during which she curated over 20 exhibitions. These included a series of exhibitions that explored the mediums of ceramics (a retrospective on the founder of studio pottery in India ,Sardar Gurcharan Singh), textile art and popular culture. In 1997 she curated a special series of exhibitions to commemorate 50 years of independence/partition. The exhibition of works by Indian and Pakistani artists, “Mappings: Shared Histories…a Fragile Self”, was the first of its kind. The series also included participation of Pakistani artists, film makers and critics in a seminar and film festival at the IIC. Whilst at the Eicher Gallery she initiated an arts education programme for school children and adults.
Pooja Sood has curated several touring exhibitions in India and abroad .The Exhibition “From Goddess to Pinup: icons of femininity in Indian Calendar Art” which she co-curated with anthropologist Dr Patricia Uberoi has toured Fukuoka , Amsterdam, Vienna , Vancouver and New York.
Sood was on the selection committee of the Fukuoka Triennale # 4, Japan ( Jan 09), the Transmediale Award, Berlin( Oct 2008) and the Sovereign Art Prize, Hong Kong ( October 2008). She is on the board of the Delhi Biennale Society, New Delhi and the South Asian journal of visual culture, Sri Lanka; she is also on the Academic Advisory Board of the Asian Art Archive, Hong Kong starting 2007- 2009 .
She was the Indian commissioned researcher for the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum in 2002 – 2003 and curator in residence at the Fukuoka museum between Dec 1¬999 – Jan 2000. She has been invited to mentor students on line at the International Arts Management course for years 2004 and 2005 for Columbia College, Arts and Entertainment, Media Management Department, Chicago. USA .
Pooja Sood has spoken and participated in various forums on Indian contemporary art, art management and South Asian art in India and abroad. Amongst others, she has made presentations at the ASEM workshop on enhancing ASEM visibility through cultural activities , Vietnam( April 2010),at the Tate Britain ( Feb09), The Office of contemporary art, Norway( OCA) 2006, Cultural Ecologies Seminar , Hong Kong, 2006 the Asia Pacific Triennale in Brisbane, 2003; at the ArtSouthAsia seminar in Manchester, UK, 2003 and at the Winternachten Festival in The Hague, 2002.
She is the editor of the The KHOJ BOOK : 1997-2007 contemporary art practice in India, published by Harper Collins, 2010 . She has written on art for the Art India magazine and is the editor of several catalogues including the first publication of Indian video art , “Video Art in India”, 2003.. She is currently working on a book on the 48c. Public Art. Ecology project.
Sood has am MA in Art History( 1990-92) From Punjab University, Chandigarh ; an MBA in Marketing(1984-86) from the Symbiosis Institute Of Business Management, Pune . She has a certificate in Cultural Policy ( summer course) from the CEU , Budapest( 2007); Arts Management from the European Summer Academy of ICCM, Salzburg ( 2000). She was the recipient of a Junior Fellowship from the Human Resource Development ( HRD) ministry, Government of India to develop a Directory of Funding for the Arts in 1998. She is currently a Chevening scholar on the Clore Leadership programme, UK ( 2009-2010).
Sood is married and lives and works in New Delhi, India.