Nancy Adajania is a cultural theorist and independent curator based in Mumbai. She was joint artistic director of the 9th Gwangju Biennale, 2012, and is a contributor to the FORMER WEST research, conference and exhibition project.
Adajania has written and lectured extensively on art and the public sphere, and transcultural art practices all over the world. Her latest book, ‘The Thirteenth Place: Positionality as Critique in the Art of Navjot Altaf’, was published in 2016. She has curated a number of exhibitions, most recently ‘No Parsi is an Island’ at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi in 2016. Adajania is the editor of the monograph Shilpa Gupta in 2010 and co-author of The Dialogues Series in 2011. She was research scholar-in-residence at BAK/ basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2010 and 2013. Adajania is a member of the faculty for the Art Criticism and Theory Course at Jnanapravaha, Mumbai.
Speakers: Rashmi Poddar, Manisha Patil, Nancy Adajania, Kaiwan Mehta, Mustansir Dalvi Convenor: Ranjit Hoskote In India the infrastructure for the arts, especially pedagogy, has been fragile at best. With a few signal exceptions, art institutions have tended to settle into…MORE DETAILS
In this session, the speakers addressed the role that abstraction has played in a politics of utopia variously represented in diverse cultural and political contexts. The first phase of this history included the contributions of Mondrian, Kandinsky, Lissitzky and their…MORE DETAILS
Artists Anju Dodiya and Reena Kallat were in conversation with cultural theorist Nancy Adajania. The panel provoked a debate on the value of interpreting artists in terms of gender, the historical place of gender politics in contemporary art, and whether…MORE DETAILS