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Curating Nation: narratives of difference and belonging

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Contemporary Art Lecture poster, Hammad Nasar
Contemporary Art Lecture poster, Hammad Nasar, November 2020

Hammad Nasar is a London-based curator, researcher and strategic advisor. He is presently Senior Research Fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art where he co-leads the ‘London, Asia’ project; Principal Research Fellow at the University of the Arts London; and co-curator of British Art Show 9 (2021-22). He was the inaugural Executive Director of the Stuart Hall Foundation, London (2018-19); Head of Research & Programmes at Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong (2012-16); and, co-founded (with Anita Dawood) the pioneering arts organisation, Green Cardamom, London (2004-12).

Known for collaborative, research-driven and exhibition-led inquiry, he has curated or co-curated more than 30 international exhibitions. His most recent exhibition projects include: Speech Acts: Reflection-Imagination-Repetition (2018-19) at Manchester Art Gallery; Structures of Meaning|Architectures of Perception (2018-19) as guest curator for the 2018 edition of Abu Dhabi Art; and Rock, Paper, Scissors: Positions in Play – the UAE’s national pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale (2017).

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Lantian Xie, A rumble interrupted our chat, 2017
Things that happen, live band, group of friends, party, painting, object
Commissioned by the National Pavilion of the UAE for the 57th Venice Biennale

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