CONA Foundation Advisory Board
Amita Malkani has been the administrator of the Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation for the last decade. An Economics graduate , Amita started her working career in Marketing Research. She went on to conduct Social Research for the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. She has also conducted research for international publishing companies looking at developing the Indian market. Earlier, relocation to Africa led to career in teaching and it was here in Africa that she learnt the art of ceramics and became a practicing potter.
Dayanita Singh is an artist who's medium is photography and the book is her primary form. She studied Visual Communication at the National Insitute of Design in Ahmedabad and Documentary Photography at the International Center of Photography in New York. She has published twelve books: Zakir Hussain (1986), Myself, Mona Ahmed (2001), Privacy (2003), Chairs (2005), Go Away Closer (2007), Sent A Letter (2008), Blue Book (2009), Dream Villa (2010), Dayanita Singh (2010), House of Love (2011), File Room (2013), and Museum of Chance (2014).
Mortimer Chatterjee received his postgraduate art history degree from SOAS, London. Having worked in the UK with an important collection of Indian photography, he moved to India to pursue his interest in modern and contemporary Indian art. In 2003, he and his wife, Tara, began Chatterjee & Lal. Today based in Mumbai’s art district, the gallery program is focused both on the work of emerging artists and historical material. Over the last thirteen years, the gallery program has formed an important node in the city’s maturing art scene. Chatterjee has been published widely in art publications and lectures frequently.
Nida Ghouse is a writer and curator. She received a BA in English from Tufts University, spent her junior year at Oxford University, and completed a diploma in Forced Migration and Refugee Studies at the American University in Cairo. She began her practice with the curatorial programme at the Townhouse Gallery in Cairo, was the first recipient of the FICA-Delfina Research Fellowship in partnership with Goldsmith's Curatorial/Knowledge PhD programme in London, directed Mumbai Art Room for two years, and is currently realising projects at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin.
Rohit Goel received a BA in Social and Political Thought from Harvard University and an MPhil in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge. His dissertation, "War and Peace in Lebanon," employs Marxist and psychoanalytic methods to examine the history of Lebanese nationalism. Rohit is the Academic Director at Jnanapravaha and a PhD Candidate in Political Science and Lecturer at the University of Chicago.
Shilpa Gupta studied at the Sir J. J. School of Art (Sculpture) has had solo shows at the Museum voor Moderne Kunst in Arnhem, Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, OK Center for Contemporary Art in Linz and Arnolfini in Bristol and has participated in biennales in Berlin, Lyon, Gwangju, Havana, Yokohama, Liverpool amongst others. Her work has been shown in Tate Modern, Centre Pompidou, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New Museum, Devi Art Foundation, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Mori Museum.
Hemali Bhuta- Founder and Director
Hemali Bhuta has completed her BFA from the L.S. Raheja School of Art, Mumbai and her MVA from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University Baroda. In addition to this she has also pursued interior designing from Sophia Polytechnic in Mumbai. Bhuta has exhibited at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Frieze London Sculpture Park, Parasol Unit, Arken, the Shanghai Biennale, the Singapore Biennale, as well as in the travelling Indian Highway Exhibition. She was shortlisted for the Rolex Protegee Award.
Shreyas Karle- Founder, and Director
Shreyas Karle has completed his BFA from the L.S. Raheja School of Art, Mumbai and his MVA from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University Baroda. He has served as the Artistic Director of Sandarbh, another artist run residency in a village in Rajasthan. Shreyas has exhibited in the first Kochi Biennale, at the ESSL Museum in Vienna and has been awarded residencies at Gas works, Pro Helvetia, Montalvo Arts Center and various honors such as the FICA Emerging Artist Award, the Bodhi Award, and the Nasreen Mohamedi Scholarship from the Faculty of Fine Arts, MSU Baroda.
Shabnam Lilani- Programs Co-ordinator
Shabnam Lilani is a freelance arts producer and curator with a keen interest in the digital space. She has extensive experience working in the arts and media industry, and is the founder of the www.theartplace.in, an online gallery displaying the works of young artists. Shabnam was instrumental in producing the 2014 Dhaka Art Summit and the ArtC public program in Chennai. She was the assistant curator to the Artistic Director at the 2016 Dhaka Art Summit. In addition to her role at the CONA Foundation, she works as a production coordinator at the Asia Art Projects.
Shambhaji Karande- Studio Assistant
Shambhaji Karande has pursued a course in electronics and technology from R.A. Patel vocational training institute. He overlooks the daily management of the CONA space and assists printmakers in the studio.