What made you come up with such a large-scale festival?
In the South, apart from the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, there are no big art shows. And even in that show, only professional artists find a place. To provide a platform for self-taught artists, I have planned to form a trust and then bring together artists from across the world, India and have various categories in it. We will also be getting in touch with art foundations for the show. It will be held in Chennai Trade Centre next year.
What are the components?
There will be separate pavilions for self-taught artists, women, students, along with professionals. We will also have different segments for international art gallery, Indian art gallery and an art material section where artists can buy materials at a discounted rate.
Why is it important to have a separate pavilion for women?
Women don’t find a large space to showcase their works. It is a male-dominated field. Women have their own thought process and can offer a different perspective on art and that must be encouraged and appreciated. We often think that they pursue art only as a hobby and that is a wrong perspective. This will be the first time an exclusive women International art festival is being planned on such a scale.