Zehra Jumabhoy is an art historian specialising in Modern & Contemporary South Asian art. She is interested in exploring and analysing the socio-political contexts of South Asian art history.

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Dr Zehra Jumabhoy is a UK-based art historian, curator and writer specialising in modern and contemporary South Asian art and its diasporas. She was the Steven and Elena Heinz Scholar at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, where she completed her doctorate and has lectured on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes (2016-2020). She is currently a visiting lecturer at various academic institutions in the UK, India, Pakistan and Singapore, including teaching on MA programmes dedicated to Asian art and theory at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London, and Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore.

Prior to her doctorate, Zehra lived and worked in Bombay, where she was editor of the Visual Art section for Time Out Mumbai and subsequently Assistant Editor at ART India, the country’s premier art journal. Her book, The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today was published by Random House, London, in 2010. In 2018, she co-curated the landmark exhibition, The Progressive Revolution: A Modern Art for a New India, at New York’s Asia Society Museum. She is now Curatorial Research Fellow at Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea, a position funded by the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art, to facilitate programming related to the museum’s decolonizing agenda. This includes the major exhibition, Imperial Subjects: (Post)Colonial Conversations between South Asia & Britain, scheduled for 2022.

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