• Nancy Adajania

    Nancy Adajania is a cultural theorist and curator based in Bombay. She was Joint Artistic Director of the 9th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2012). She has curated a number of exhibitions including, most recently, Woman Is As Woman Does (CSMVS Museum with JNAF, 2022), a first-ever intergenerational mapping of the works of Indian women artists, filmmakers and activists against the backdrop of the women’s movement in India. She conceptualized and led the online workshop Once Upon a Cultural Famine: A Curatorial Thought Experiment for the Kochi Biennale Foundation (2021). Adajania’s other major research-based exhibitions include the retrospectives of artists Navjot Altaf Sudhir Patwardhan, Mehlli Gobhai and Nelly Sethna, as well as Counter-Canon, Counter-Culture: Alternative Histories of Indian Art, which constructed a pre-history for Indian new media art practices (Serendipity Arts Festival, 2019). Adajania has edited two transdisciplinary anthologies, Some things that only art can do: A Lexicon of affective knowledge and  Totems and taboos: What can and cannot be done for the Raza Foundation (2017/2018). Her recently published curatorial monograph on the Sudhir Patwardhan retrospective (Walking through Soul City, 2019), includes new readings of the artist’s practice, as well as a rare contextual mapping of the relationship between Leftist politics and art, annotated through a translation of primary textual material from Marathi activist literature.

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