A Razzmatazz Evening at the launch of the Shaini Passi Art Foundation
Notable art collector and patron Shalini Passi hosted a joint event with the Kochi Biennale Foundation (KBF) at her home in New Delhi on Friday. In the company of artists, gallerists, foreign dignitaries, and other avid supporters of the arts, Passi launched her new initiative – the Shalini Passi Art Foundation. The Foundation’s curator is Dr Arshiya Lokhandwala .
With the objective of broadening access to the arts, the Foundation also announced that it has established an associated arts blog, MASH (My Art Shalini), which features topical articles on art, architecture, craft, design, and fashion; highlights emerging talent in these disciplines; and engages in behind-the-scenes studio interviews with artists of the moment. The Foundation will pioneer new initiatives and encourage experimental new practices in the arts – including the launch of a new award for New Media Art, in collaboration with FICA (Foundation for India Contemporary Art) – in addition to its support of contemporary art foundations and significant cultural events.
As a Silver Patron of the Kochi Biennale Foundation, Passi provided a platform for prominent members of the organisation, including Trustees and the Curator, to share their vision for the upcoming Biennale, which will open on 12 December 2018, along with the Foundation’s plans for aiding relief funds after the recent disastrous floods in Kerala.
Commenting on the occasion, Shalini Passi, Founder of Shalini Passi Art Foundation says, “This is a memorable occasion for me as I launch my foundation the Shalini Passi Art Foundation and MASH(My Art Shalini) my blog for the younger generation along with honoring and supporting the upcoming 4th edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale. Am excited that through the foundation I will be able to play a significant role in developing the much-needed ecosystem for arts and support, and a new generation of artists and cultural practitioners, not only in the arts but design, architecture, crafts, and fashion. The MASH FICA New Media award further supports the development of path-breaking new media projects. I am excited and look forward to the launch that commemorates a new beginning for me.’
‘After the floods that devastated much of the state, it has been deeply moving to see the people of Kerala, but also the country, come together and act. Sharing and making of art is an essential part of rebuilding and healing, and we hope Kochi Biennale Foundation can aid in that effort in Kerala. This edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale promises to be the most socially and politically significant yet. We are so happy to share a glimpse of that project with you today, and convey the potential for change that art can hold.’ added Bose Krishnamachari, President, Kochi Biennale Foundation
Good effort this!