I am a Canadian writer, art historian, and artist, based in London, where I have lived for fifteen years. My work aims to decenter art historical narratives by reorienting the perceived history with attention to feminist discourses. My doctoral thesis at the Royal College of Art (titled More Than Words: Text Art Since Conceptualism) explored the use of text in contemporary art practice since the late 1960s conceptual art movement in the US and Europe, and argued the importance of the feminist artists in American second generation of conceptualists, in reorienting language-based practice to embrace a materiality of text at the core of their artworks in order to engage audiences in political subjectivities. This materiality is ever-present in contemporary art, I argue, and owes a great debt of influence to the works of feminist Conceptual artists such as Mary Kelly or Adrian Piper. Broadly speaking, my research examines the legacies of second wave feminism, its intersections with conceptualism, text, written language, and material culture. I collaborate with Andrea Francke on an ongoing research project exploring the politicisation of the labour of care, Invisible Spaces of Parenthood. More specifically, past projects have explored 1970s feminist publishing collectives in the US, the relationship of the Bauhaus to the kindergarten, and legacies of care and labour in art school infrastructures. I am half Punjabi Indian, half white English, and was raised in the Okanagan Valley in southern British Columbia. From the summer of 2017, I will again make my home again in BC, returning to live on the West Coast on Vancouver Island for the first time since I was 18. I enjoy yoga and reading, I’m a cat lover, an enthusiast of all things Scandinavian, and I can run a half marathon in under 2 hours.
My writing has been published in international magazines frieze, Art Review, and parachute, and peer-reviewed journals such as West 86th, and Studies in the Maternal. My artworks have recently been exhibited and commissioned by the Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow; the Serpentine Gallery, London; and the centre Miro Quesada, Lima; and I have organised conferences and projects with the Whitechapel Gallery, London, and the Showroom, London. I have participated in commissioned curatorial research trips to Bosnia, China, and Romania since 2004.
I hold a BA in English (Cultural Studies) and Art History from McGill University, Montreal (2003), an MA in Curatorial Studies from Goldsmiths College, University of London (2005), and a PhD from the Royal College of Art, London (2017).