State of the art
“I never had a plan B. The only plan I have ever had is plan E: Experimenter,” smiles Prateek Raja, who owns Kolkata’s young and edgy contemporary art space. “When Priyanka, my wife and I started Experimenter in April 2009, we wanted to focus on contemporary art, which is a hugely expanding field but badly represented in Kolkata,” he explains. Addressing current issues in various mediums, the works at the gallery have always been in the news for challenging the way people look at objects of art. “Right from the beginning, our exhibitions have been politically charged and socially relevant,” he says.
THE JOURNEY Despite having an MBA degree, it took Raja less than a year before he quit his well-paying corporate job to look for something more meaningful. That search took him almost two years, during which he visited galleries in Mumbai, acquainting himself with the world of contemporary art. “Money is a subset. The big picture is to be able to enjoy and engage with what we are doing,” he says. Contact: email@example.com
“Disciplined, motivated and enthusiastic, his thinking is highly progressive” JOGEN CHOWDHURY, ARTIST
“Contemporary art challenges me as a person. It allows me to grow as I work with extremely evolved people”