About Our Team

 

Avni Sethi

Founder-Director
Avni is an interdisciplinary practitioner with her primary concern lying between culture, memory, space and the body. She studied Interdisciplinary Design from the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore and pursued a Masters in Performance Studies at Ambedkar University, Delhi. She conceptualized and designed the Conflictorium. Trained in multiple dance idioms, her performances are largely inspired by syncretic faith traditions as well as sites of contested narratives. She is interested in exploring the relationship between intimate audiences and the performing body.

Farzan Dalal

Graphic Designer
Farzan is an exhibition designer with an inclination towards visual narratives, illustration art and creative writing. He likes telling stories not only through spaces but digital and performance art as well. He is interested in human-centric design and strives to align his skills with social innovation. At the Conflictorium, he provides design support from time-to-time.

V. Divakar

Curator
Divakar is an art critic and curator who also edits a bi-monthly called ‘The Baroda Pamphlet’, on art and culture. He also manages an experimental art space called ‘Knots’ in Baroda. His other interests include films, music, books and star gazing. At the Conflictorium, he curates exhibitions on various themes and facilitates the Artist-in-Residency programme.

Amit Vaghela

Support Staff
Amit takes care of the museum and runs miscellaneous errands. He is responsible for the river of tea that flows through the museum. He is passionate about photography.

Salomi Christie

Fundraising & Outreach

Salomi is a lawyer who has worked with the Centre for Social Justice as a Research Associate (as part of their Young Professionals Programme for Legal Empowerment Fellowship) since graduation in 2016. An avid reader, oftentimes writer and creator, her areas of interest include but are not limited to design thinking in systems, the nexus between law and human rights and grass-roots application of the same (particularly pertaining to persons with disabilities, women and refugees) and innovative interdisciplinary approaches to social change. At the Conflictorium, she works on fundraising strategies along with designing and executing our various outreach initiatives.

Shamini Kothari

Research & Publication

Shamini Kothari is currently pursuing her Masters in Sexual Dissidence at University of Sussex, Brighton. Her research interests include Feminist and Queer theory, Postcolonial and De-colonial theory, Literature and Visual culture and the intersections between these especially in South Asia. She hopes to eventually pursue her PhD in expanding notions of queerness in India through re-reading and resignifying the linguistic gaps prevalent in India’s cultural archive and to explore further the imagination of Queer post-colonial literature in India and in the diaspora.

Jignesh Gajjar

Technical Advisor
Jignesh is a graduate of Gujarat University and has earned a diploma in computer programming from H.K. College, Ahmedabad. He has more than 15 years’ experience in commerce and the IT sector. At the Conflictorium, he provides technical support from time-to-time.