I am a writer and art historian.
My research addresses art and social change, language in art, and the labour of care. I have worked on international curatorial projects, commissions, and exhibitions, from roles ranging from intern to curator, in London, Sarajevo, and Guangzhou with leading international artists including The Otolith Group, Christian Boltanski, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Jeremy Deller, and Francis Alys, amongst many others, for the past fifteen years.
I am a first generation Canadian of Indian and English parents, and recently relocated from London back to Canada, specifically to the unceded territory of the SENCOTEN speaking peoples in Southern Vancouver Island. My art criticism and essays have been published in numerous international publications including: frieze, Art Review, i-D, fillip, Border Crossings, West 86th, and Studies in the Maternal, amongst other titles. I write poetry which has been published in Big Smoke Poetry, and occasionally makes projects for exhibitions, including the Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow.
I hold a PhD in Critical and Historical Studies from the Royal College of Art, an MA in Curating from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and a BA in English and Art History (with Great Distinction) from McGill University, Montreal.
I currently teach critical theory, social practice, and art history at Emily Carr University of Art and Design and at the University of Victoria. I’m currently working on a book stemming from research from my PhD on text, reading, and writing in contemporary art, and on longer CNF pieces exploring homecoming, legacies of colonialism, and auto-theory in art history. I have had the opportunity to work with inspiring students of all ages who continually remind me of the potential for art as a catalyst for dialogue and change.
In my free time, I run on trails.
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A selection of my art criticism and published writing.