International Studio Programme : September 2016

Bhavna Kakar

Curator and Editor

Bhavna Kakar. Photo: Manisha Gera Baswani

Bhavna Kakar is the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of TAKE on art magazine and the Founding Director of Latitude 28, a contemporary art gallery located in New Delhi. With several years of experience in arts management, writing, editing and curating Bhavna founded TAKE magazine in 2010 and has nurtured it to become one of the leading arts journals within the South Asian region which, through its diverse contributions and guest edited issues, now occupies a global platform. Her commitment to fostering art writing practices is one of the driving forces behind TAKE’s continued effort to establish a space for independent art writers by supporting both emerging and established critics through writers’ awards, workshops, panel discussions and seminars. Significant projects in this direction include TAKE on Residency, IFA and 1 Shanthi Road in 2013, TAKE on Writing, Critic-Community: Contemporary Art Writing in India in Goa in 2014 and more recently Take on Writing | Critical Writing Ensemble’s Baroda Chapter, MS University of Baroda in December 2015, as well as the Dhaka Chapter of CWE, conceptualised by Katya Garcia Anton that was held in collaboration with OCA, Norway at the Dhaka Art Summit in 2016. Under Kakar’s leadership, TAKE has participated extensively in various international curated forums and fairs including Art Basel, Art Basel Hong Kong, Art Dubai, the Asia Triennial Manchester, Dhaka Art Summit and Videobrasil. A post-graduate in Art History from MS University Baroda, Kakar is a JRF-UGC grantee with a research fellowship on her ongoing thesis on pre-modern art focusing on sculpture from the Vidarbha region. Kakar is currently developing a volume of selected essays on the eminent Indian critic K B Goel and co-curating a travelling exhibition and book titled Planet Sharing; or How to Live Nonanthropocentrically with Plants and the next edition of TAKE on Writing: The Book scheduled for December 2016.