I specialise in post-1960 visual art and culture with a focus on feminist practice. My subjects of interests include performance art, interdisciplinary poetry, literature, biological techno-feminism, environmentalism, global infrastructures and gender politics. My curatorial practice is research-led, which means my shows often prioritise asking questions over providing answers. In doing so, I am committed to engaging artists and audiences in new dialogues, fostering critical perspectives and encouraging experimentation. I actively support the development of early and mid-career artists from diverse backgrounds, with specific attention to women’s art practice.
As a curator, writer and teacher, I investigate moments of affective potential. Through organising exhibitions, public programmes, talks, events, publications and conversations I advance an awareness of liminal space, be it personal, political, or relational.
Inspired by Jaques Derrida’s text Tympan, I approach the body, media and text as spaces of relational exchange. Such an ethics of “involuntary or accidental cross-pollination” is simultaneously interdisciplinary, critical, and cheerfully unruly. It resists classification in terms of method, gender, class and other unified systems of post-enlightenment, capitalist and neoliberal thinking, instead provoking collaborative relations with unexpected allies.
I have curated artists such as Katarina Hruskova (The Waning Yolk, 2018), Caitlin Griffiths (While we belong to ourselves, a part of us belongs to everyone, 2018), (Ronny Sen, Rithika Merchant and Soghra Khurasani (This burning land belongs to you, 2017), and Tash Kahn and John Ros (Citizen, 2018). I have commissioned work by Claudette Johnson, Sutapa Biswas, Elly Clarke, Ingrid Pollard and Liz Hingley.
I have worked with institutions such as The Boulder Museum for Contemporary Art (USA), the London Borough of Camden (UK), Sluice__Art Biennial (UK), SquareWorks:Lab (India), TARQ Gallery (India) and Pump House Gallery (UK). I was the Chief Curator for Swiss Cottage Gallery (UK) until 2019. Before that, I was a Critical Writing Fellow at Lokaal 01 (Belgium, 2011), and a post-academic fellow at DNA/GEMAK (the Netherlands, 2011).
Over the years I have received numerous grants, including a Research & Development Grant, (Arts Council England, 2018), and an Academic Excellence Scholarship (Prince Bernhard Cultural Fund, 2013). I was part of Camden’s successful bid for the London Borough of Culture’s Cultural Impact Award (UK, 2018).
I am a co-director of the SquareWorks:Lab fellowship in Mumbai and a member of Independent Curators International.