Conferences & Workshops
Public Lectures
Panel Discussions
Social Media

Conferences & Workshops

Organised a ZOOM conference to accompany the exhibition Patterns of the Past: Weaving Heritage in Contemporary ‘Pakistani’ Art at the Grosvenor Gallery, London, in collaboration with Canvas Gallery, Karachi. The show included artists Adeela Suleman, Bushra Waqas Khan (Nominee for the Jameel Art Prize 2021), Liaqat Rasul, David Chalmers Alesworth (Nominee for the Jameel Art Prize 2016) and Ruby Chishti. The exhibition brought together these contemporary artists because each of them explores the politics of memory in their work, using textiles to unravel conventional notions of art, heritage and identity. The especially ‘tailored’ works within the show dismantled inter/national stereotypes about ‘Pakistani art’ and the conference had a similar aim. It pulled on certain thematic threads: South Asian heritage and textile history; ideas of British identity and current decolonising agendas with regard to both art history and British museum collections. Speakers included the exhibiting artists as well as Prof. Salima Hashmi, Zohreen Murtaza, Studio Carrom’s Priya Sundram and Nia Thandapani, Uthra Rajgopal, Amrita Jhaveri and Prof. Shehnaz Ismail.

Programme

Complete Videos

18 September 2021

Co-organised 4-day Zoom Series, Imperial Subjects: (Post)Colonial Conversations between South Asia and Wales with Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea & Professor Daniel G. Williams, Swansea University, Funded by British Art Network, adapted for COVID.

May 2020

Co-organised 2-day Conference, The Progressive Genealogy: Art & Culture in Modern India. A Columbia University-Asia Society collaboration, with Professor Vishakha Desai & Professor Gauri Viswanathan (Columbia, New York). The event explored Indian modernism in art, science, literature and film. The Keynote Lecture delivered by Homi K. Bhabha.

October 2018

Co-organised 2-day Conference, The Art of Independence: Visions of the Past & Future in India & Pakistan. An Oxford-Courtauld collaboration with Professor Deborah Swallow (Courtauld), Professor Faisal Devji and Dr Mallica Kundera Landrus (Oxford University).

Complete Podcasts: https://www.torch.ox.ac.uk/event/visions-of-the-future-in-india-and-pakistan

Personal podcast (embedded above): https://staged.podcasts.ox.ac.uk/mother-dearest-body-indian-nation

October 2017

Curatorial Lecture on “Midnight & The Moderns” at Asia Society, New York. Curatorial Lecture for The Progressive Revolution.

17 September 2018


  • Co-organised 2-day Conference that accompanied The Fabric of India exhibition at the V & A Museum. On 7 November 2015, The Politics of Craft at the Courtauld, discussed the intersection of craft and politics in India. (Nov 2015). Read review here
  • One of two Principal Resources for the 3-day Conference, Deconstructing Asian Art, coinciding with Art Stage Singapore 2013. Including academics, curators, private museum-owners and artists, it won a prize as the highest rated WPO-YPO event to take place in Asia. (Jan 2013)

Public Lectures

Presentation, Splitting the Difference, in “Drawing the Line, Connecting the Circle: Partition in South Asian Art” for Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts, Chicago. Speakers included Siddhartha Shah, Guneet Singh Bhalla (founder of The 1947 Partition Archive) and Kalapriya Foundation’s President, Mridu D. Sekhar. Digital Programme in collaboration with and Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, USA.

15 August 2021

Lectures for “Partition’s Legacy: South Asian Art on the Line” for South Asia Institute, Harvard University. Digital Programme in collaboration with Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, USA.

5 November 2020

Lectures for “Mind the Dash: The Modern/Contemporary & In-Between in Indian Art”

Zoom Talk Series with art historians Puja Vaish & Dr Siddhartha Shah.

In collaboration with Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation, Mumbai, India & Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, USA.

Videos:

Mind the Dash 1 video: The Modern in the Contemporary Space | 11th September
Mind the Dash 2 video: Wo/Man & Myth | 18th September
Mind the Dash 3 video: Collectives, Composites & Collaboration | 25th September

11,18, 25 September 2020

Lecture on “Art in Bombay, Bengal and Baroda” at Singapore Management University, Singapore

20 January 2019

Curatorial Lecture on “Midnight & The Moderns” at Asia Society, New York. Curatorial Lecture for The Progressive Revolution.

17 September 2018

  • Lecture on “Bling, Batik and Blackness: Inauthentic Selves in ‘British’ Art” at Dr Matt Lodder’s SPAH Seminar Series, Essex University, Essex (5 December 2019).
  • Lecture on “Art & Politics: Religious Pasts in Contemporary South Asian Art” at John Cabot University, Rome (17 April 2019).
  • Lecture on “A Place for People: Secular Nationalism in Modern and Contemporary Indian Art”, at Silver Centre, New York University, New York (23 October 2018).

Panel Discussions

Moderated the annual ZOOM Forum History, Truth, Memory: Trauma in Asian Contemporary Art for LASALLE College of the Arts’ MA in “Asian Art Histories”. This symposium explored memory, trauma and the politics of the past in Asian contemporary art. It investigated the legacies of violence in the region, probing its continued, if repressed, imprint on Asia’s socio-political landscape. If history is written by the victors, who speaks for history’s victims? Art historians Dr Wulan Dirgantoro and Dr Nayun Jang teamed up with acclaimed Indonesian artist FX Harsono to consider the politics of remembering from diverse regional vantage points.

For programme information see: https://www.asianarthistories.com/site/history-truth-memory-trauma-in-asian-contemporary-art/

21 September 2021

South Asia Institute at Cambridge Roundtable on “The Modern History of Art in India”. Chaired by Prof Sujit Sivasundaram, Director of SAI at Cambridge, panelists included Shruti Kapila, Christopher Pinney, Nicole-Ann Lobo and Zehra Jumabhoy.

9 June 2021

Panel discussion Timely Traditions

Asian Art in the 21st Century, for Singapore Art Week 2021. The panel was a collaboration between the Programme Directors of the MAs in Asian Art at Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore (Jeffrey Say) & Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London (Dr Katie Hill) and advertised the digital Short Course on Asian Art, Curating the Contemporary in Asia: Regions, Tradition and the Now, for which I contributed the lecture Timely Traditions: South Asian Art Pasts & Presents.

12 February 2021

“The Progressive Artists’ Group: A New India”, Modernism & Group Dynamics Symposium, Lenbachhaus Museum, Munich, Germany.

April 2020

Speaker at the Lahore Literary Festival, British Library, London

“Imagining the Mughals” with Dr Amin Jaffer, Dr Mehreen Chida-Razvi & Amphra Shemza

October 2018

Speaker at the Lahore Literary Festival, Alhambra, Lahore

“Modern Pasts, Connected Futures” with Dr Samina Iqbal, Conor Macklin & Taimur Hassan

February 2019

Invited to participate on a panel discussion, Old Wine in New Bottles: How to Look at Indian Modern Art, at TEFAF, New York.

October 2018

Moderated and presented a paper at the panel discussion, Writing The Indian Modern, alongside Gayatri Sinha and Yashodhara Dalmia for the ART India-Asia Society programme, at Asia Society, New York.

September 2018

Speaker at the Lahore Literary Festival, Asia Society, New York

“Lahore as Palimpsest” with Dr Vishakha Desai, Dr Mehreen Chida-Razvi & Shahzia Sikander

May 2018

Invited to participate in the Showing, Telling, Seeing: Exhibiting South Asia 1900-Now conference, co-organised by Paul Mellon Center for Studies in British Art, Tate Modern and Art Asia Archive. I presented, “S/Tate Britain”, the paper was part of a Panel Discussion, “Writing About Exhibitions”.

July 2016

Speaker at the Lahore Literary Festival, Alhambra, Lahore

“The Modern: Bombay to Karachi” with Salima Hashmi, Dr Samina Iqbal & Nour Aslam

February 2020

Social Media

IGTV Interview

Dr Zehra Jumabhoy speaks with Art Divvy’s creative Director Zahra Khan about the recent shows she has curated, the new role she is taking on at Bristol and the highlights of the journey she has undertaken to reach here.

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25 September 2021

 

Shedding Light
(Indian artist Sheela Gowda)

Film: Participated in a documentary film on the Indian artist Sheela Gowda, to be screened at her major retrospective at Lenbachhaus Museum, Munich, also released as a podcast during COVID, 22 April 2020.
Available as a Podcast or Film:

IGTV

Sarmaya Snippet on Indian Modernist M.F.Husain’s famous painting Man (1951). Sarmaya India is an online museum, which invited international art historians, specialising in South Asian art, to make a video of an artwork or artefact of their choice during COVID19.

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