What About Art?
7 Baitush Apts, 29th Road,
Near Sigri Restaurant, off Waterfield Rd
Bandra W, Bombay 400050, India
Phone: +91 99 20 211798
Eve Lemesle has been working in the arts sector since 15 years in Canada, Europe and India. She is a graduate of La Sorbonne in arts management and holds a diploma in South-Asia studies from INALCO (Paris). She started her career in the non-for-profit sector as an arts manager and curator at the DarlingFoundry in Montreal. She moved back to Paris and curated international residency programs at the art centre Point Ephemère. After several visits to India starting in 2003, she settled in Mumbai in 2009, and started What about art? (WAA), a first-of-its-kind arts management agency in India. WAA produces ambitious art projects within the growing South-Asian art scene. Since its creation, WAA has collaborated with numerous galleries and cultural institutions in India, and handled projects for artists such as Shilpa Gupta, Rashid Rana, Nikhil Chopra, Tejal Shah to name a few. Among WAA recent projects is production of the solo exhibition of William Kentridge (Mumbai), production of the Public art program ArtC (Chennai) and conservation of important art collections in South-Asia. In 2013 Lemesle expanded the activities of the agency by starting a not-for-profit artists’ residency and a video lab in Mumbai that facilitates practice and exhibition of video art.
Niyati Upadhya is an arts manager at WAA. An artist herself, she graduated in visual arts from Rachana Sansad, Mumbai in 2010. Though formally trained as a sculptor, Niyati has expanded the breadth of her practice across painting, photography, illustration and installation. Having grown up in a home of artists, writers and musicians, she has developed a keen sense of observation in her formative years, and her curiosities have led her to working in a range of art-related fields. She has had public shows of her work, and worked with various art collectives like HH Art Spaces, Goa, theatre productions with Arundhati Chattopadhyay, and assisted Mumbai-based visual artist Shakuntala Kulkarni.
Meghna Patpatia is an assistant arts manager at WAA, with a background in art conservation and restoration. A visual artist and a graduate from Sir J.J School of Art, B.F.A (Painting) she went onto complete a Post Graduation in Museology & Conservation studies at the CSMVS Museum (formerly known as Prince of Wales), Mumbai. Her interest in restoration techniques and a need to understand the diversity of material lead her to pursue an internship at the Museum Art conservation centre, developing a keen interest in the study of art history and artist explorations. Following which she worked with various private art conservation firms and in that duration she is also responsible for creating the Art Maintenance manual for the ‘Jaya He’ Museum at the GVK new international airport Terminal-2 as a collaborative effort in early 2014.
Born in India, Rashaana graduated with a degree in BE [Computers]. While in university, she freelanced with Riverside Multimedia as a design head and animator. In 2003, she was instrumental in establishing Asia-Pacific office for the retail store, B&H Photo Video.
Rashaana moved to Mumbai in 2005 to pursue a career in acting. She has worked with renowned filmmakers including MF Hussain, Santosh Sivan, Ketan Mehta, and Ashok Vishwanathan. Among her many films are The Last Monk, Colours of Passion, Housefull and Mountain Man. In 2008 she set up LED Images Pvt Ltd, India's pioneer video wall manufacturing unit. Rashaana has set up a JV with CORD worldwide, a sonic branding and music technology company based out of London, NY, LA and now in Mumbai.