Arshiya Lokhandwala (b. 1967)
A curator and art historian specialising in modern and contemporary Indian art, Arshiya Lokhandwala is also the founder and director of the Mumbai-based Lakeeren Gallery. She received her MA in Creative Curating from Goldsmiths College, London in 2001, and her PhD in Art History from Cornell University in 2012. She has undertaken writing and curatorial projects that reflect on issues of globalisation, performance, feminism and new media.
Lokhandwala has curated several exhibitions independently and as a gallerist, among which is the landmark symposium After Midnight: Modern and Contemporary Indian Art 1947/1997 at the Queens Museum, New York in 2012, which was followed by its full-scale exhibition iteration, The Rising Phoenix: A Conversation between Modern and Contemporary Indian Art in 2014. Her other projects include Beyond Transnationalism: The Legacy of Post- Independent Art from India at the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai and AIFACS Gallery Delhi in 2018; India Re-Worlded: Seventy Years of Investigating a Nation at Gallery Odyssey Mumbai in 2017; Of Gods and Goddesses, Cinema. Cricket: The New Cultural Icons of India, at the Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai in 2011; and Against All Odds: A Contemporary Response to the Historiography of Archiving, Collecting, and Museums in India at the Lalit Kala Akademi, Delhi in 2011. She is also the curator of Shalini Passi Art Foundation.
At the time of writing, Lokhandwala lives and works between Mumbai and New York.
Lokhandwala, Arshiya. “Biographical Sketch.” In Postcolonial Palimpsests: Historicizing Biennales and Large-scale Exhibitions in a Global Age. Unpublished dissertation. Cornell University, 2012. https://ecommons.cornell.edu/bitstream/handle/1813/30974/aml63.pdf?sequence=1