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Community Highlights: Meet Kangan Kapoor Malhan of Arushi Gallery

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kangan Kapoor Malhan.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Born in India, grew up in London & Amsterdam, then moved to Dubai, followed by Los Angeles. Currently living in London, optimizing my extensive knowledge of art and the art network I have built to expand the Arushi Gallery’s presence in the UK & EMEA region.

Whilst I was in Los Angeles, I was intrigued by Sellout work and his iconic ‘LA’ hand, His work was a symbol of truth for so many Third Culture Kids, an amalgamation of cross-cultural experiences, bridging countries and remixing pop cultural references together. He was an Icon in Urban, Pop, and Street Culture & really inspired me, so I decided to bring his story across the pond to London for his first international solo show “ Street Dreams” in the heart of Mayfair during Frieze in 2021.

I co-curated “The Reality of Illusions,” an art exhibit showcasing three Los Angeles-based female artists, all very different artists, united in their interest in artistic interpretation of inscrutable concepts in celebration of Women’s History Month in March 2022. The featured artists, Lindsey Nobel, LINZ, and Marta Solaz, all convey unique perspectives and individual experiences through their work but are brought together through the common themes of time/space, emotion, and color.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I love my role as a curator. Whilst at the grass root level, I’ve realized that the curator’s role is more that of an enabler and a facilitator for a visual realm. However more than the tastemakers in today’s art world, we reflect the state of the world through art in some ways, including heralding the new directions in art, lending a voice to a diverse scope of artists.

I believe in curation with a purpose. There’s always a challenge when curating a show. I feel we play a part in critically addressing the current social and political climate. Using a curatorial platform for advocacy and activism is a true responsibility and an absolute honor for me. I am truly inspired by curators like Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev who was responsible for the raved-about 2012 documenta 13, and Catherine Morris, an important figure giving a much-needed voice to feminist art.

When setting up for a show at Arushi gallery or at an art fair as a curator you have to be able to interpret various works of art to find sufficient pieces to plan art exhibitions of any scale ensuring a perfect visual journey. It is like fitting a puzzle together, there could be a thematic element, a storyline, or sometimes the works seem to be in harmony and work visually together at scale.

My global vision for Arushi Gallery is to breach new barriers whilst constructing bridges across various cultural representations from multiple regions. I seek to explore this kaleidoscope world of multi-colors, shapes, and great stories, as opposed to a pure modernity which sees this space through a strong economic lens. I want to create a new hybrid space — equally ancient, fine, and contemporary — a constellation of work from Africa, Iran, the UK, Middle East, India, and South Korea, among others.

As you know, we’re big fans of Arushi Gallery. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about the brand?
Arushi Gallery is a female-led art gallery and art advisory firm based in the Temple-Beaudry neighborhood of L.A with offices across Central London and India. The gallery is known for its passionate promotion of young artists, especially empowering emerging talent from various diasporas to challenge and develop their techniques by inspiring them to evolve and deepen their work. They depict their soul in their work giving them an international stage to reach millions of art lovers.

The team has a unique and special relationship with our portfolio of artists, engaging and nurturing them by supporting and enabling their vision and developing creative concepts together. Personally, through my curatorial endeavors, I always ensure the artists are rewarded by giving them a platform to share their art and their perspective to inspire change whilst making sure they are remunerated for the work they have done.

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