The 13th edition will run at Experimenter – Hindustan Road, 24 & 25 November 2023
Save the date: the Experimenter Curators’ Hub returns for its 13th edition at Experimenter – Hindustan Road on 24 & 25 November 2023, in partnership with ArtReview. Experimenter Curators’ Hub is a platform for developing and sustaining discourse on curatorial practice and exhibition-making through critical discussion and debate. Structured as a deeply intensive program, each year the hub invites some of the foremost curators of the world to present their practice with reference to recent exhibitions curated by them. The audience at Experimenter Curators’ Hub plays an active role in this exchange and contributes significantly to the conversations. The final day ends with a moderated panel discussion with all the participating curators and collaborators reflecting on the key aspects that emerged over the course of the hub.
‘The participating curators are known to have questioned systemic hierarchies dominating our world, through their work. They have underscored the importance of collaboration, community building and dissemination of knowledge. Their unbound discussions at the hub will provide a space to resist divisiveness and in turn embrace pluralities, nurture multiplicity and foster collective thinking and dialogue on social justice’, say Experimenter directors Prateek and Priyanka Raja.
Participating curators and collaborators for this year’s Experimenter Curators’ Hub are:
Inti Guerrero, Curator, writer, Co-Artistic Director of the 24th Biennale of Sydney
Mayank Mansingh Kaul, Researcher, writer and curator with a focus on post-colonial histories of Indian textiles
Natalie King, Professor of Visual Arts, VCA, University of Melbourne, Curator of New Zealand Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2022
Renan Laru-an, Researcher, curator and the Artistic Director of SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin Sharareh Bajracharya, an art educator and Director of Kathmandu Triennale 2077
Shubigi Rao, Artist, writer and curator, Artistic Director for the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2022-23 Sohrab Hura, Artist, lives and works in New Delhi, India
Guest speaker, Jacinta Kerketta, Journalist, poet, writer and activist
The hub will this year be moderated by Natasha Ginwala, curator, researcher and writer, co-curator, Sharjah Biennial 16 (2023-25); artistic director of Colomboscope, Sri Lanka since 2019; and associate Curator at Large at Gropius Bau, Berlin (2018–2024).
Experimenter Curators’ Hub 2023 is organised by Experimenter Learning Program Foundation and is supported by Australia Council for the Arts, Australian Consulate-General, Kolkata, Pro Helvetia, Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata, ArtReview (Strategic Partner) and TAKE on Art (media partner).
Experimenter was co-founded by Prateek & Priyanka Raja in 2009 in Kolkata, India. With a multidisciplinary approach, the gallery is an incubator for an ambitious and challenging contemporary practice. The program represents some of the most critical contemporary artists worldwide. The program, rooted in dialogue and dissent, is considered to be a pace-setter for its region, and extends from exhibition-making to knowledge creation, through regular talks, performances, workshops and through its much acclaimed, annual curatorial intensive – Experimenter Curators’ Hub. A second, more ambitious space was added in 2018, marking a deeper inquisition into the gallery’s realm of interest. Its third space Experimenter – Colaba, established in 2022, extends the commitment of its discursive programming to Mumbai, a city that in turn represents the diverse pluralities of the region.
The gallery attempts to expand the scope of contemporary practice beyond the ambit of its expected role. In 2016, its artist-book publishing wing was launched followed by the Experimenter Learning Program in 2018 which enables learning in fields of contemporary and performing arts, curatorship, film, writing, language and social culture. In 2019, Experimenter Outpost, an iterative exhibitions program outside the physical gallery temporarily inhabiting disused, characterful spaces was formed. 2020 marked the beginning of Experimenter Labs, an inclusive, experimental and multi-dimensional vertical in addition to the onsite gallery programming.