At the heart of Medicine Corner, a small group of enthusiastic professionals worked behind the scenes to make sure everything happened as it was supposed to – well, more or less!
Ratan Vaswani is the overall Project Manager for Medicine Corner. He’s never quite sure where he’s from, but it’s most likely to be Manchester, in the North of England. He loves helping people to find and express their talents. In previous lives, Ratan was Events Manager at Wellcome Collection in London, on the Senior Management Team at the UK Museums Association, and co-ordinator of some creative youth projects as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Ratan has been involved for many years with the Migration Museum Project, an initiative to establish a museum presenting Britain’s migrant heritage.
Before his museum career he taught languages in schools, colleges and universities in Spain, France, Russia, the US and the UK. He has an academic background in Russian Studies. If you ever meet him in India, you can laugh at his terrible Hindi.
Lina Vincent Sunish
Lina Vincent Sunish brings in her expertise to Medicine Corner as Research Associate. Armed with a Bachelor’s degree in Printmaking and a Master’s in Art History, Lina began her career with gallery management. She soon shifted her focus to projects that involved, but were not limited to art, design, conservation and cultural research.
She has had the opportunity of curating the only Museum of Packaging and Advertising History in India, in Bangalore, and one of her memorable projects has been ‘Between the Lines: Identity, Place and Power’ (2012), which she curated at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) from the Waswo X Waswo collection of Indian printmaking. She is currently a freelancer producing a travelling exhibition on India’s Medical Heritage for the Trans-Disciplinary University (TDU/FRLHT), Bangalore and is a curator with the Artist Pension Trust (APTGlobal).
Lina spent her growing years in different Indian cities before her family moved to Bangalore; she now lives in Goa. One thing she never tires of is having lengthy chats with art-practitioners (of any sort) and watching them work in their own spaces.
Rashmi Dhanwani cannot imagine a world without creativity and art, and simply cannot understand how so many people cannot sense the wonder that she does. You will often find her talking animatedly about this conundrum.
Rashmi Dhanwani is the Curator and Producer for Tabiyat’s Live Events Programme. For this section, she has worked with dancers, martial arts performers, actors, writers, comics and doctors, to explore the links between art and healing, and connections between “living” health practices, enshrined in the idea of ‘Tabiyat‘.
Rashmi has completed her Masters in Cultural and Creative Industries from King’s College London. She has also been a recipient of the ARThink South Asia Fellowship (2011-12), a participant in the New York/ India arts exchange with ‘The Academy—a program of Carnegie Hall, The Julliard School and the Weill Music Institute’, and a scholarship grantee of the JN Tata Trust and Charles Wallace India Trust.
Supriya Menon is the Project Assistant for Medicine Corner. After planning to be a teacher, sailor, policewoman and novelist, she discovered museums four years ago, and has been in love with them ever since. She has worked in public facing and research roles at various museums in England, including the Wellcome Collection, the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, and the Victoria & Albert Museum. Since 2014, she has been working as a research consultant for cultural projects in India.
For Medicine Corner, Supriya worked with a range of colleagues at Dharavi Biennale to curate the Healers of Dharavi exhibition in Mumbai.
Supriya is a graduate in South Asian Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and in Museum Studies from the University of East Anglia. Her research interests include museums in colonial India, Indian politics and more recently, 20th century art.
Sairandhri Raut, or Sair as we call her, is Production Assistant for Medicine Corner. Sair has worked in public facing, research and curatorial roles at various art organisations and galleries including the David Roberts Art Foundation and the Natural History Museum in London and the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Mumbai. Most recently, she joined Asia Arts Projects as their Programme Coordinator for the Focus Photography Festival and has since then taken on other projects including the Mumbai Art Map.
Before venturing into the arts, Sair grew up on a quiet hill station surrounded by trees, books and horses for company. She holds a Master’s degree in History of Art from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Her research interests include photography, film, performance and new media art, contemporary visual culture of a developing city and politics of contemporary art.
Shambhavi Bhat is the Project Assistant for Tabiyat Live Events. Her love for art, culture, travel (and food) came from growing up in Singapore, London, Hong Kong and Bangalore.
Shambhavi has just moved to Bombay after completing her Bachelor’s in Fine Art and Art History at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her interest in public facing art projects comes from her training as a performance and installation artist. She has worked in artist management, at independent galleries and as a teaching assistant in the arts.
If she is not dancing, you will probably find her watching football or sci-fi movies.
Elise Foster Vander Elst
An art historian by training, Elise Foster Vander Elst is Production Head for Medicine Corner. With an MA in Contemporary Art History from the Sorbonne University in Paris, Elise has over a decade of experience in the art world. She is the Founder-Director of Asia Art Projects (AAP), the company producing Medicine Corner’s 2016 exhibition at CSMVS.
Elise moved to Mumai in 2009 to launch Gallery BMB, where she was Associate Director. Alongside these activities, Elise regularly taught art history as a visiting professor in local art colleges. Over the last few years with AAP, she has curated and produced large-scale projects in museums and public spaces across the country, set up the informative Mumbai Art Map, and is Founder-Director of FOCUS Photography Festival in Mumbai.
Elise believes in the power of art to catalyse social change, encourage people to challenge the status quo, and generally make the world a better, and often more beautiful place. She was awarded a Gold Stevie Award for Women In Business, acknowledging the significant impact of AAP’s work in the field of the arts in Asia in 2013, and the Indian Women Achievers Award in 2015.
Latika Gupta is curator for Medicine Corner’s 2016 exhibition in Kolkata. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Visual Studies at JNU, Delhi. She has worked as a curator at the National Gallery of Modern Art and at KHOJ International Artists’ Association and recently curated two touring exhibitions drawn from international collections. She has received grants from the Charles Wallace Trust and Nehru Trust, and the India Foundation for the Arts & Inlaks Foundation to curate a permanent exhibition at a trade routes artefacts museum in Kargil, Ladakh. Published writings include critical reviews in art magazines, and recently commissioned essays for Marg and the University of California Press Berkeley.
Latika is based in Delhi when she isn’t in the Himalayas or in cities by the sea.
Arun Kale maintains the Medicine Corner website. He has been developing websites for over 9 years, and his list of clients includes everyone from large media houses and NGOs to educational institutes and award-winning musicians and artists. He specialises in content-driven websites and is also the founder of Helter Skelter, an online magazine with a focus on independent and alternative culture in India, and Astray, a new website for creative people in India.
Ayesha is Medicine Corner's Media Officer. She is an art and design professional with over ten years of work experience in India and Canada. Amongst various jobs, she has worked at the Art Gallery of Ontario and has helped establish TARQ, a gallery specialising in Indian Contemporary Art in Bombay. Ayesha has pursued her interest in art by studying at the Bhau Daji Lad Museum and at Jnanapravha in Bombay.