Jasmine Shah Varma is writer on art and curator based in Mumbai. She has been curating shows for galleries in Mumbai and New York since 2005. To date she has put together 20 art exhibitions and has various projects in the pipeline. Still Waters Run Deep, In Short, Noah’s Arc, Instilling Life, Stirring Quartet, A Slice of Art from India and Embodied are some the show she has curated. She represents and works closely with a select group of artists such as Shruti Nelson, Nikhileswar Baruah, Kim Kyoungae, Haren Vakil, Gayatri Gamuz, Sonatina Mendes and Sharmi Chowdhury. She is associated with several other artists with whom she collaborates on curatorial projects. She has been instrumental in successfully introducing some of these artists for the first time to Mumbai through solo shows and curated group shows. She has written catalogue essays for these artists and also for artists such as Akbar Padamsee, Pratul Dash, Lalitha Lajmi, Maya Burman and Payal Khandwala. She has curated charity auctions for Concern India Foundation’s Bangalore projects in 2006 and 2007. She writes occasionally on art for Indian art magazines and daily publications. Prior to being an independent curator she worked as journalist for eight years in Mumbai and did extensive art reviews, artist interviews and articles on art trends. Shows that she has conceived and curated are online at www.indiancolours.blogspot.com
Verve December 2009
Bombay Times October 2009
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