Vidya Shivadas | Director
Vidya Shivadas is a curator based in New Delhi. After her Bachelors in Sociology from Delhi University and a Masters in Art Criticism from Faculty of Fine Arts, MS University of Baroda, she joined Vadehra Art Gallery in 2002. She has curated exhibitions at the Gallery which include Something I’ve been meaning to tell you (with Sunil Gupta), April 2011; Faiza Butt, Ruby Chishti, Masooma Syed (three Pakistani women artists), April 2009; Fluid Structures: Gender and Abstraction in India, April 2008; among others. In 2009, she was a guest curator at Devi Art Foundation and worked on the solo exhibition of Bangladeshi artist Mahbubur Rahman. In 2007, she was invited to participate in the educational programming for Documenta 12 from May to September 2007 in Kassel, Germany.
In 2009, she received the Asian Art Archive’s Research Grant for her research on the development of art critics in India from post-independence period to the present day. Most recently she has co-curated (with Akansha Rastogi and Deeksha Nath) the exhibition Zones of Contact: Propositions on the Museum (January 18 – September 30, 2013) at Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Noida. Vidya’s role in FICA is to create links between academia and private institutions and promote the exchange of knowledge about Indian art through workshops and the establishment of an archive.
Roshini Vadehra | Fundraising
Roshini Vadehra is the Director of Vadehra Art Gallery. She has a B.A. in Business Administration from Boston University and has studied Art and Its Market at Sotheby’s. Roshini facilitated the opening of Vadehra’s gallery space in Okhla in 2005 which has held importantexhibitions by artists such as Atul Dodiya, Baiju Parthan, Arpita Singh, Rameshwar Broota and Anju Dodiya. She was actively involved in forging apartnership with Grosvenor Gallery, London, to set up Grosvenor Vadehra in 2006. Grosvenor Vadehra has held several Indian art exhibitions in London and reciprocally held exhibitions of Western Masters Delhi such as Pablo Picasso in 2006 and Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon in 2007. Roshini focuses on fundraisinginitiatives for FICA.
Parul Vadehra | Public Relations
Parul Vadehra graduated from Boston University's College of Communication with a Bachelor of Science in Communication with a major in Public Relations and specialization in Women’s Studies. After working at well-known public relations and communication firms, both in Boston and New Delhi, Parul moved on to join Vadehra Art Gallery in 2007, where she is involved in the management and programming for its five gallery and bookstore spaces. She is also actively involved in the NGO Love & Care, which works in areas including healthcare, education and community development in over 80 slums in Delhi. Parul has been active in the coordination of FICA programming and will focus on public relations for the foundation.
Najrin Islam | Programme Officer
Najrin Islam has a BA in English Literature from Presidency University, Kolkata and an MA from the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She is a recipient of the National Balshree Award, conferred by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (India) for excellence in the field of Creative Writing. She is a theatre actor and playwright, takes active interest in Art History, Cinema, Theatre and Performance Studies and has presented research papers at various national and international conferences. Najrin is responsible for developing, archiving and coordinating the annual programmes, grants and workshops at FICA.
Sukanya Deb | Programme Officer
Sukanya, has a BA in Art History with English Literature from the University of Buckingham, and an MA in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths, London. She writes on arts and culture and has been published in Mail Today, The Quietus, AQNB, and Temporary Art Review, amongst others. She has received the Esmée Fairbairn scholarship for History of Art (2013-15) and the Goldsmiths International Scholarship (2016-17). Sukanya is responsible for developing the FICA Reading Room in terms of its collection and interface with the public through programmes, events and workshops.