The Saat Saath Arts Foundation supports international exchange between India and the rest of the world through the visual arts and education. The Foundation is funded by Aparajita Jain as a non-profit initiative and was founded in 2010.
Aparajita Jain has worked with contemporary Indian artists, curators and collectors for over two decades in her different roles as gallery director, patron, philanthropist, commissioner and collector. She is the founder of Saat Saath Arts Foundation, an organisation dedicated to increasing cultural exchange between India and the rest of the world. Through Saat Saath Arts, Jain spearheaded the launch of the Saat Saath Curatorial Research Grant, a major annual initiative with the long term goal of increasing Indian contemporary art in museum exhibitions worldwide, and raising awareness of the compelling contemporary art scene in India.
Across all areas of her activity, Jain works to encourage collaborations between prestigious museums, private collections, public institutions and corporate houses, with the objective of promoting Indian contemporary art both within the country and internationally. As co-director of Nature Morte since 2012, she has played an instrumental role in its positioning as India’s leading contemporary art gallery. Through nurturing, and to a significant extent defining, the Indian contemporary art scene, Nature Morte has been the torchbearer for showing South Asian art worldwide. The gallery represents some of South Asia’s most established contemporary artists, such as: Subodh Gupta, Bharti Kher, Thukral & Tagra, Jitish Kallat, Imran Qureshi and Asim Waqif. Working with the gallery, Jain places Indian artists in museum collections around the world including: MoMA, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC; Tate, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; and the Art Institute of Chicago.
As director of Seven Art, a gallery she founded in New Delhi in 2005, Jain has built a reputation for the early recognition and continued support of cutting edge, emerging talent in the region. Since founding the gallery, she has facilitated landmark projects such as the first ever Indian contemporary art exhibition in China (MOCA, Shanghai) and the first Indian Pavilion at the Lisbon Biennale. Jain works closely with artists such as Asim Waqif, one of the youngest Indian artists to show at the Palais de Tokyo and who, in 2016, represents India alongside internationally acclaimed artist Subodh Gupta in ‘Megacities Asia’ at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Mrs. Shreyasi Goenka joined Saat Saath Arts as the Co-Director in 2017. She is the Content Advisor at DNA. With her sharp acumen in the realm of news and entertainment, Shreyasi has spearheaded the launch of DNA in New Delhi, apart from conceptualizing and implementing the brand’s market penetration strategy & repositioning campaign.
Wife of Mr. Punit Goenka, MD & CEO, ZEE Entertainment, Shreyasi also plays a key role in brand ZEE’s association with world renowned intellectual properties like ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival. Shreyasi maintains a keen interest in the field of History, Performing Arts, Music and Dance and is also an avid collector of contemporary art.
Mr Vishal Mehta is a third generation diamantaire in a global family business alliance which operations in four continents and employs over 15000 people directly and indirectly. Their operations span from rough diamond acquisition and trading to jewelry retail in 5 countries.
Over the last 15 years of his career, he has worked and lead divisions in South Africa, India, And Dubai. His vocational training has been in rough diamond valuation and manufacturing. However, his strength lies in operations management and sales.
Mr Mehta is an avid art collector of contemporary art. He is a member of the South Asian Acquisition committee for the Tate museum in London. He is also a member of the Art Salon in Dubai. He has contributed several causes and projects related to art all around the world.
Mr Vishal Mehta is now a part of Saat Saath Arts since 2017.
Diana Campbell Betancourt is an American curator based in Mumbai and working across South Asia for the last five years. She is the Artistic Director of the Samdani Art Foundation in Dhaka and the Chief Curator of the Dhaka Art Summit for the 2014 and 2016 editions. Betancourt's research interests lie in rethinking cross-cultural encounters in public space, and rethinking what public space might mean. In addition to running the Foundation’s exhibitions and international exchange programs, she is building the Samdani Art Foundation collection ahead of the opening of a permanent space in Sylhet, Bangladesh slated for 2018.
Betancourt has collaborated with sculpture parks around the world contributing to new commissions of Indian art at institutions including Yorkshire Sculpture Park, deCordova Sculpture Park, and Wånas Konst. Betancourt co-curated "Energy Plus," the Mumbai City Pavilion for the 9th Shanghai Biennale and was a curatorial advisor for the 2015 New Museum Triennial in New York. Betancourt is a Henry Moore Institute Fellow for 2015-2016, curator in residence at the FRAC Champagne-Ardenne and a research fellow at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum for 2016.