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 for 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 center Point Ephémère. 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 the production of the solo exhibition of William Kentridge (Mumbai), the production of the Public art program ArtC (Chennai) and the conservation of important art collections in South-Asia. In 2013 Eve 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.
Shambhavi Bhat is a performance and mixed media artist and Arts Manager at What About Art? Having lived and studied in London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangalore, she enjoys immersing herself in different cultures, particularly their aesthetic expressions. Shambhavi moved to Mumbai in 2015 after completing her Bachelor’s in Fine Art and Art History at Goldsmiths, University of London. At Goldsmiths she developed a keen interest in women's leadership and community based arts projects through her training as a performance artist and dancer. She was Captain of the University's dance team as well as the elected International Students Officer. In London, Shambhavi worked as a Studio Manager and Artist Assistant; a Market Researcher for Microsoft; Programme Coordinator for The Independent Art School and as Gallery Assistant at Go Figurative and Canvas & Cream. Since moving to Mumbai, she has gained experience in event coordination at Avid Learning, was the Project Coordinator at The Art X Company and now looks after the artist residency program and project space at WAA in Bandra.
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.