Calling Myna Mukherjee an art curator would be limiting. As the founder Nayikas, the first feminist classical Indian Odissi dance theatre company in New York and the director of Engendered art gallery in New Delhi, ‘cultural curator’ would be a better description for Mukherjee’s many artistic undertakings. As the name of her gallery suggests, gender identities have informed and influenced a large portion of her work. She has curated ‘ME WE: Locating the individual within the movement’, which unpacked the idea of representation of the LGBTQIA+ community while exploring the politics that force it to remain invisible. The art exhibit, held in June and July last year to mark the International Pride month as a “joint effort of 34 Delhi-based embassies” featured artworks that spanned mediums such as paintings, photos, sculptures, videos, graphic art, comic books and what-have-you by 25 artists who identified as queer.
In 2013, Mukherjee conceived and curated an art intervention called ‘Resist’ in Mumbai and Delhi in response to the horrific 2012 Delhi gang-rape case. The event saw 27 artists come together to showcase visual art, live installations, and collaborative efforts to explore gender stereotyping and the role of art in protesting against it and influencing people’s opinions.
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