Jesal Thacker | Founder

Jesal Thacker

Jesal Thacker is an artist by training but scholarship in art is what she chose to pursue. A graduate with a degree in painting from Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai, she has been engaged since then in unraveling the layers beneath the canvas to probe into the mysterious mind that created what one sees on the surface of the canvas.

In 2005, she set up Bodhana, a not for profit organisation, that would fulfill her vision of researching and publishing books on Indian art. She has curated several notable
exhibitions, first of which was of paintings and literary texts by Shankar Palsikar, Vasudev Gaitonde, Prabhakar Barwe and Vasant Wankhede. Prabhakar Kolte — a walk through his thoughts and art, a show of his portraits, canvases, drawings, archival lectures and video was another notable show curated by her. She has also served as a Curatorial Director for Percept Art from 2012 to 2015 where she curated some remarkable exhibitons: Prabhakar Barwe’s retrospective tracing his works from 1955 to 1995, accompanied with the release of the Blank Canvas; Rupa Arupa, a show tracing the form and formlessness in Indian Traditional Art; Moving Images, an exhibition of artworks by Madhav Imartey accompanied with screenings of films by and about John Cage and a series of video art by Bill Viola as a crucial amalgamation of varied genres as part of her curated approach. Another exhibition of note that she curated was Dissonance — Transgressed Boundaries between Desire and Fear, a multi-disciplinary show. A remarkable initiative during her tenure was Conversations, Criticisms and Appreciation — a series of talks and presentations by a panel of eminent artists, art critics that became a staple at all the shows she curated. She assisted Ranjit Hoskote for the first India Pavilion participation in the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011.

Jesal’s varied interest and understanding of sound art led her to conduct workshops on ‘Sound Awareness and Sound Healing’ for children and adults leading her to create another private space, Aurobodh, which deals in art products and sound instruments. Apart from curating shows, designing and conducting workshops, conceptualising and directing Bodhana’s varied and wide-ranging activities in the world of art, Jesal is also well known as a specialist art consultant in Modern and Contemporary Indian art.