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Lila Nazemian is an independent curator. Recent and forthcoming curatorial projects include: “Now that We Have Established a Common Ground” opening in June 2020 at Assembly Room, New York; “I open my eyes and see myself under a tree laden with fruit that I cannot name” opened in January 2020 at The Center for Book Arts in New York; the “On Echoes of Invisible Hearts” series of location-specific exhibitions featuring contemporary artists from Yemen, the first took place in 2018 at Berlin’s Poetry Project and the second opened at Station Beirut in April 2019, the third edition will open in April 2020 at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C.; “Spheres of Influence,” at Tehran’s Mohsen Gallery in 2016. In 2017, she was the U.S. Projects Director at CULTURUNNERS, where, on behalf of the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra), she managed a Saudi artist residency in New York and supported various American Museums to produce their exhibitions of Saudi art. Prior to this, she was the Curatorial Associate at Leila Heller Gallery, New York for over four years where she helped organize more than 15 exhibitions. She received a B.A. in History from Scripps College, and an M.A. in Near Eastern Studies from N.Y.U. She is a QAYYEM 2019 Curatorial Fellow, was among the inaugural participants of the 2018-2019 Interdisciplinary Art and Theory Program in New York and participated in ICI’s 2018 Curatorial Intensive in Bangkok.
The Curatorial Intensive participants of the 2018 Bangkok program will each present their project proposals that they have been developing over the course of the program.read more »
ICI presents the inaugural Curatorial Intensive in Bangkok, developed in partnership with the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts at Chulalongkorn University to coincide with the launch of its international postgraduate program in Curatorial Practice, and with the James H.W. Thompson Foundation.read more »