The Saat Saath Arts Foundation supports international exchange between India and the rest of the world through the visual arts and education initiatives. Founded in 2010 by Director Aparajita Jain, it is a non-profit initiative, with headquarters in New Delhi and working with museums and galleries across the world. In addition to progressing the Saat Saath Curatorial Research Grant, the foundation also supports and raises additional funds for exhibitions which include Indian artists, in international institutions.
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.
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.