Abadi means population or people in Hindi and Urdu. Abadi art is an organisation that aims to bring together artists and audiences. We have a particular interest in creating movement and dialogue between countries and cultures.
Given our experience of working in Europe, China and India our particular interest is to support and increased exchange between the dynamic art environments in these three areas.
Abadi Art Space is hub for art that focuses on contemporary curating practices as way to explore, promote and showcase Indian and International artists. We promote artists commercially and in a way that allow them a voice on the issues that concern them.
We embrace all art forms including fine arts, visual arts, and performing arts and have an interest in contemporary dance and multidisciplinary art projects Abadi Art was founded by Jose Abad Lorente and Billy Stewart
Jose Abad Lorente is an artist and curator. His multidisciplinary art practices shift and sometimes blend from abstract painting to Chinese calligraphy, photography and socially and interactive events, workshop or exhibitions. Based on human relations, behaviours and communication his works embrace art practices and lived experiences. He graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing in Chinese calligraphy and has worked extensively in Beijing, China both as an artist and curator where he co-founded La Casa art project, an independent curating project that brought art outside of the mainstream art galleries and museums into houses, shops, schools, hospitals and the street.
He earned an M.A in Photography and Urban Cultures from Goldsmith’s College, London. He developed an on-going series of projects based on disability and representation. In New Delhi he undertook an associate residency at Khoj with a community art project – Body/Text – which used photography, performance and poetry to explore the perspective of Delhi’s deaf population.
He co-founded Abadi art were he works as director and curator. Currently he lives in Yangon, Myanmar and works between India, China and Europe. Billy Stewart has a background in public health and activism. He has worked extensively in the UK and China establishing health promotion projects, particularly around HIV and AIDS. He has used creative approaches within this work, including development of performance pieces for HIV and AIDS prevention in China. He is interested in the power of creativity to create social change, and in particular the ways in which performing arts can create alternative social realities.