Through curated shows, careful strategizing and discovering emerging artists with exciting practices, Latitude 28 over the years has become synonymous with cutting edge art coming out of the country, seeking out fresh perspectives in its attempt to stimulate commercial interest in new waves of art-making. The establishment aims to cultivate a space where collectors and art enthusiasts can interact with younger artists and their practices. It provides a horizontal environment where younger artists are able to contextualise their work alongside the masters of Indian art, experiment with medium, material and institutional critique. It has supported Kartik Sood, Anindita Dutta, Deepjyoti Kalita, and Shweta Bhattad in their innovative practices, exhibiting them alongside veterans such as Anupam Sud and Baiju Parthan. The outfit maintains an outlook that accommodates South Asian art practices and has neo-miniaturist artists like Muhammad Zeeshan, Waseem Ahmed and Mohammad Ali Talpur in its fold. The gallery collection consequently includes cutting edge contemporary alongside modern masters.
Latitude 28 has been imagined as an incubation space, generating ideas through curatorial projects, site-specific artworks, artist talks and curated walks. Exhibitions such as ‘In You Is The Illusion Of Each Day’ (curated by Dr. Maya Kovskaya, 2011), ‘Slipping Through The Cracks’ (curated by Meera Menezes, 2012), ‘Crossing Over’ (curated by Ambareen Karamat, 2013) and ‘Sacred/Scared’ (curated by Nancy Adajania, 2014) tried to initiate renewed readings of artworks within art historical/socio-political contexts.
Latitude 28 frequently travels to International art fairs, and supports our artists’ presence at biennales around the world. The gallery has been part of Art Gwangju (2012), Art HK (2013) [solo booth project by Prajakta Palav], Dhaka Art Summit (2014), and most recently Art Dubai (2015) [solo booth project by Dilip Chobisa].
Latitude 28 is also committed to generating discourse on contemporary art through projects that are not-for-profit, interacting with the public sphere, and commissioning research articles and critical writing from critics, curators and researchers. It has also partnered with similar initiatives, facilitating several special projects at the India Art Fair over the years. This investment in the discursive prompted Latitude 28 to support TAKE on Writing | Critic-Community: Contemporary Art Writing in India organized by TAKE on art (its sister publication), an intensive destination workshop in Goa to cultivate dialogue among peers on art criticism. The gallery supported Critical Writing Ensemble’s Baroda Chapter, MS University of Baroda in December 2015, as well as the Dhaka Chapter of CWE, conceptualised by Katya Garcia Anton that was held in collaboration with OCA, Norway at the Dhaka Art Summit in 2016. Most recently, the gallery supported ‘The Book – Ensemble’ in New Delhi, as well as ‘The Book - The New Writing Group’ workshop organized by TAKE on art in December of 2016.
Latitude 28’s vision is shaped by its Founder/Director, Bhavna Kakar, who has over a decade’s experience as a curator, editor, and art consultant.