– Current –

LENBACHHAUS MUSEUM, MUNICH, GERMANY
19 OCT 2021 – 24 APRIL 2022 ONGOING

Curatorial Advisor

Advising, alongside Pakistani art historian Dr Samina Iqbal, on the South Asian art component of the Lenbachhaus’ major exhibition, Group Dynamics II: Collectives of the Modernist Period, scheduled to open on 19 October 2021. The role has involved participating in curatorial brainstorming sessions on concepts of the Modern, assisting in the choosing and sourcing of relevant artworks and writing an essay for the catalogue.

See Lenbachhaus for an Overview

Virtual Tour of the India-Pakistan room at Group Dynamics: Collectives from the Modernist Period at Lenbachhaus, Munich

Glynn Vivian Museum, Swansea, UK
Nov 2018 – ONGOING

Guest Curator

Co-curating, with Katy Freer, Head of Exhibitions at Glynn Vivian, Imperial Subjects: (Post)Colonial Conversations between South Asia & Britain. The exhibition, exploring the connections between the Subcontinent and Britain, is scheduled for 2022. Glynn Vivian was the recipient of the hugely prestigious Paul Mellon Center for Studies in British Art Curatorial Research Grant for 2021/22, enabling it to create this post. The project is part of the museum’s drive to “decolonize” its collection.

– Past –

Grosvenor Gallery, London, UK
10 Sept 2021 – 1 OCT 2021

Guest Curator

Patterns of the Past: Weaving Heritage in ‘Pakistani’ Art was a group show comprising 5 artists: Adeela SulemanBushra Waqas Khan, David Chalmers Alesworth, Liaqat Rasul and Ruby Chishti. The show was part of an annual collaboration between London’s Grosvenor Gallery and Karachi’s Canvas Gallery, which ran from 10 September to 1 October 2021. It brought together specially commissioned artworks (tapestries, wall hangings, fabric installations, soft sculptures and mobiles) all of which used textiles to unravel conventional notions of art, heritage, nation and identity. It is a sad truth that the most precious textiles in the Subcontinent have been produced in what are now conflict-torn regions: for instance, muslin from the Myanmar-Bengal borderlands, from which countless Rohingya refugees continue to be displaced, or Jamawar shawls from the battleground that is Kashmir. And yet, textiles have had another, kinder, history too: the fabled Silk Route allowed for syncretic exchanges between the Western world and the various Asias, even as fabulous handwoven carpets journeyed along it from Samarkand and ancient Iran. Much more recently, fibre-art and ‘weaving’ have played a vital role in re-drawing the boundaries between art and craft; used by many an artist to unravel gender biases and cultural pigeonholing. The artists in this show were invited to draw on these variegated legacies; to trace how the history of South Asian textiles is tied to politics, culture, identity – and the British Empire. This show – and the especially ‘tailored’ works within it – aimed to dismantle inter/national stereotypes about ‘Pakistani art’. It received international coverage from publications such as The WickART IndiaDawnThe Karachi Collective and The Aleph Review.
See Overview

E-Catalogue

Work in Progress @ Ruby Chishti's Studio

Work in Progress @ Ruby Chishti’s Studio

Work in Progress @ Adeela Suleman’s Studio

Work in Progress @ Adeela Suleman’s Studio

BEN URI MUSEUM & GALLERY, LONDON, UK
AUG 2020 – OCT 2020

Academic Advisor 

Midnight’s Family: 70 Years of Indian Artists in Britain was a mega-group exhibition comprising 3 generations of Indian artists in the UK. Curated by Rachel Dickson and artist Shanti Panchal, I advised on the project and provided the framing text for the show. Midnight’s Family marked the launch of Ben Uri’s 3D Virtual Museum, garnering international coverage; including mentions in BBC LondonThe Guardian GuideArt Daily as well as reviews and previews in publications all over the Subcontinent.

See

Yinka Shonibare, Arts House Museum, Singapore
Jan 2019 – Jan 2020

Curator

Conceptualizing a site-specific commission by British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare for The Old Parliament House – the oldest building in Singapore. The immersive installation, Justice For All (13 – 31 January 2020), included a life-size mock-up of F.W. Pomeroy’s statue of Lady Justice at London’s Old Bailey. Sponsored by the National Arts Council, Singapore, it garnered substantial coverage from local and international press, including Artforum International & Hyperallergic.com.

See: Hyperallergic

Grosvenor Gallery, London, UK
May 2019 – Jun 2020

Guest Curator

Form & Figure: Bodies of Art was a group show comprising 3 Pakistani artists: Faiza Butt, Salman Toor & Ali Kazim, a collaboration between Grosvenor and Canvas Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan. It ran from 11-26 June 2020, consisted of specially commissioned work that negotiated the tension between figuration and abstraction, faith and form, in contemporary Pakistani art. The show received substantial coverage, including reviews and features in Dawn, FAD magazine, Youlin magazine, HELLO! Pakistan and an interview in The New York Times with Salman Toor, which focused on his painting for the show, Green Group (2020).

See: Overview on Grosvenor Gallery

ASIA SOCIETY MUSEUM, NEW YORK, US
FEB 2017 – JAN 2019

Guest Curator

Co-curated The Progressive Revolution: Modern Art for a New India (14 September 2018-20 January 2019), the first exhibition dedicated to the Progressive Artists’ Group at an international institution. The exhibition contained over 80 artworks of Modern Indian art juxtaposed with Asian antiquities from the Rockefeller collection at the Asia Society. The show garnered coverage from the BBC, The New York Times, The Wallstreet Journal, Frieze, Art in America and Artforum International, amongst others.

See: NY Times article

Zehra Jumabhoy / The Progressive Revolution: Modern Art for a New India

Zehra Jumabhoy / The Progressive Revolution: Modern Art for a New India

Zehra Jumabhoy / The Progressive Revolution: Modern Art for a New India

Zehra Jumabhoy / The Progressive Revolution: Modern Art for a New India