Bhooma Padmanabhan is a curator, researcher and arts programme manager. She completed her BA in Fine Arts from Stella Maris College, Chennai, and MFA in Art History, from the Faculty of Fine Arts, MS University of Baroda. She worked with the Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA) and Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, from 2007 to 2017. She currently lives and works in Chennai.
She has curated several exhibitions featuring emerging talents, and actively worked with artists to create platforms for public art, art education and resource sharing. Important curations include FICA Homepage 2014 and 2016 editions; ID/entity, 2010 (co-curated with Vidya Shivadas and Julia Villasenor), and Urgent: 10ml of Contemporary Needed, 2008. She was part of the curatorial team that brought the seminal exhibition Our Beautiful Daughters by Yoko Ono to India, 2012. Her curatorial work with photography and lens-based art are A Million Mutinies Later: India at 70, 2017 (co-curated with Anshika Varma and Iona Ferguson under mentorship of Prashant Panjiar, for Nazar Foundation); Invisible Cities, 2014; and Apna Ghar, 2012 (co-curated with Vidya Shivadas). Bhooma was part of the Kochi Biennale’s Students Biennale 2018 Education team that worked towards identifying existing frameworks of learning, and imagining new directions in pedagogical practices in art colleges in India.