About Our Team
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.
Favorite Smells: seawater, eucalyptus leaves, and wet clay
I am driven by the need to understand human behaviour and the social systems we created. Social systems that work for some and exclude others. As a researcher and strategic designer, I am eager to reveal their failure and propose alternatives that are more inclusive for both human and non-human species. In my work, I operate at an intersection of social welfare, technology, and ecology. I turn to nature to slow down; collecting stones, dried twigs & barks, leaves, flowers, soil, and seeds. I press them, boil them and steam them and print them on fabric & paper. Getting lost on the edges of a local forest on a Sunday afternoon collecting natural crap – that’s my thing!
Favorite Smells: “I can’t pick up many smells”
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.
Favorite Smells: Jeera and Phenyl
Ranjeeta is the sole earning member of her family, and has been working as domestic housekeeper and carer for the last 30 years. She has three children who she is extremely proud of. Her two daughters have studied till 5th grade and are now married and engaged respectively. Her son, the youngest child, is a professional dancer. Ranjeeta has a sweet tooth and is most happy to survive off just cake and mithai for an entire day!
Favorite Smells: my cat’s smell, any detergent, and Mogra
Prerana is a transdisciplinary researcher interested in the intersections of Gender and Sexuality Theory, Media Practise and Urban Planning. They find most joy and comfort in children’s literature, animal fun-facts, and all / any outdoor sports.
Favorite Smells: Citrus and Freshly-Brewed Coffee
Trained in fashion design and experienced in mind-wandering, Kinjal practices writing and doodling to translate her thoughts into expression. In spare time, fantasizes about altering psychologies and saving our planet.
Ingredients to her design recipé:
- half cup Newton’s first law of motion
- two-thirds cup Dispersion of light
- A garnish of emotive
Favorite Smells: Citrus and Coco Butter
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.
Favorite Smells: Mint, lemon, petrol and gunpowder
Dhrupad is a part of a youth collective in Ahmedabad named ‘Nathi Nonsense’, He has interests in art and how one can create dialogue around socio-political issues through art. He likes to research about various subjects. He loves to read poetry. He is an avid football fan/supporter.
Favorite Smells: Vanilla, Petrol, Coffee