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Artnet asks Niru Ratnam Why Diversity Matters Now More Than Ever?

2016-09-07

Next week, the third edition of START art fair will open its doors at the palatial Saatchi Gallery in London's King Road, bang in the middle of the affluent borough of Chelsea. But despite its prime location, this boutique fair is not your usual blue chip affair. Instead, START, which this year will gather 60 galleries from 35 cities, highlights art and artists from emerging scenes, from Cape Town to Hanoi, bring exposure to the unpredictable and fresh rather than the usual suspects found at fairs all over the world.

The punch and success of this young fair is in no small measure due to its energetic director, Niru Ratnam, who took the helm of START fair just six weeks prior to its debut edition in 2014. Ratnam—who worked previously as Head of Development for the fair Art14 and was also Associate Director at Frith Street Gallery in London, in addition to being an opinionated art writer—is a staunch believer in the global focus of the fair. In a conversation with artnet News he explains why this international approach is so important right now, and reveals which booths and projects he is most excited to see this year....

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