Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

Hammad Nasar — Expanding Britishness: Curatorial interventions in Re-entangling Histories

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute

Hammad Nasar is a curator, writer, and was Head of Research and Programmes at Asia Art Archive (AAA), Hong Kong (2012-2016), where he initiated the collaborative London, Asia project with the Paul Mellon Centre. He earlier co-founded (with Anita Dawood) the non-profit arts organisation Green Cardamom (2004-2012). His most recent exhibition, Rock, Paper, Scissors: Positions in Play, is the UAE’s national pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale (2017), and is accompanied by a book-length publication.

At AAA he reorganized the research function along a set of ‘content priorities’ including: exhibition histories; art writing and its circulation; innovation through tradition; histories of performance art; and, pedagogy. He also developed numerous collaborative research projects with diverse institutions (including Clark Art Institute, Indonesian Visual Art Archive, Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi), Museum of Modern Art (NY), NTU Centre for Contemporary Art (Singapore) and the University of Hong Kong) – many with public components, including conferences, workshops, displays and publications. 

At Green Cardamom, he championed exhibition-led inquiry, frequently realised with public museums and universities (including British Museum, Cartwright Hall (Bradford), Royal Geographical Society, Whitworth Gallery (Manchester), and Whitechapel Gallery), and accompanied by symposia and scholarly publications. Key projects include: Lines of Control: Partition as a Productive Space at Johnson Museum, Cornell University & Nasher Museum, Duke University (2012-13); Drawn from Life at Abbot Hall, Kendal (2011); Beyond the Page: The Miniature as Attitude in Contemporary Art from Pakistan at Manchester Art Gallery & USC Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena (2006-10); and Karkhana: A Contemporary Collaboration at Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT and Asian Art Museum, San Francisco (2005-7).

He serves on the Editorial Board of Tate’s magazine, Tate etc; has been a jury member for the V&A Museum’s Jameel Prize, and Art Basel’s crowdfunding partnership with Kickstarter to support non-profits; and plays an advisory role for a number of arts organisations internationally, including Delfina Foundation (UK), Alserkal Avenue (UAE) and Lahore Biennial Foundation (Pakistan). 

Hammad was a Fellow of the Clore Leadership Programme (2006) and an AHRC-funded Research Fellow at Goldsmiths College (supervised by Irit Rogoff) in 2007/8.

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