Chaitanya Sambrani

Sambrani, Chaitanya

Chaitanya Sambrani is a multilingual art historian and curator interested in linkages between modern art and nationhood in Asia, as well as contemporary art's relationships with tradition. His major curatorial projects include Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India (touring seven museum venues in Australia, USA, Mexico and India over 2004-07); Place.Time.Play: Contemporary Art from the West Heavens to the Middle Kingdom (the first ever contemporary art exchange between artists from China and India, Shanghai, 2010); To Let the World In: narrative and beyond in contemporary Indian art (Art Chennai Festival of Art, 2012) and All that Arises, a mid-career survey of the work of Lao-Australian artist Savanhdary Vongpoothorn (Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra, 2019). Chaitanya teaches courses on modernism and contemporary art in India, Indonesia, China and Japan, and on art, design and urbanity. In 2018, he initiated the ongoing project The "Wonders" that Basham Saw: analysing the visual archives of Professor AL Basham, in collaboration with colleagues at ANU, the National Gallery of Australia, National University of Singapore and the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford. Chaitanya is the primary author and editor of At Home in the World: the Art and Life of Gulammohammed Sheikh (2019). His current book project is titled "International Affiliations and Cosmopolitan Aspirations: Art, Nation and World in India and Indonesia.">