State of the art

India Today - - SIMPLY KOLKATA -

“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: pra­teek@ex­per­i­

sec­ond opinion

“Dis­ci­plined, mo­ti­vated and en­thu­si­as­tic, his think­ing is highly pro­gres­sive” JO­GEN CHOWD­HURY, ARTIST

Pho­tographs by SUVASHIS Mul­lick/­di­a­to­day­im­

“Con­tem­po­rary art chal­lenges me as a per­son. It al­lows me to grow as I work with ex­tremely evolved peo­ple”

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