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    Natasha Ginwala

    Map Academy

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    A curator and art writer, Natasha Ginwala’s work is concerned with political and cultural issues particular to the Global South. Ginwala has worked as a curator on several large-scale exhibitions and events. She was a member of the curatorial teams for the Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art in 2014, the curator for the eighth edition of the Contour Biennale, titled Polyphonic Worlds: Justice as Medium in 2017 and the curator for Colomboscope Arts Festival, titled Sea Change, in 2019. She was the Artistic Director for the Gwangju Biennale in 2021, along with Defne Ayas.

    Ginwala was born in Ahmedabad and obtained her Master’s degree from the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, in 2010. She graduated from the Curatorial Programme at de Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam in 2011. She has written several essays and articles, including “Maps That Don’t Belong” for Ibraaz (2015), “So Many Hungers in South as a State of Mind” for documenta 14 and catalogues for the 2015 Venice Biennale All the World’s Futures and a collateral event, My East is Your West. Ginwala has been the recipient of many awards and grants, in particular, a curatorial grant from the Foundation for Arts Initiatives in Paris in 2013–14; the India Today Art Award for Curator of the Year in 2017; the Visual Arts Research Grant from the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe in 2018; and the Graham Foundation Grant in 2019. She has edited multiple books on contemporary art, including Jitish Kallat (2018) and A Multiple Community: Contemporary Art Festival SescVideobrasil (2018).

    At the time of writing, Ginwala lives and works in Berlin.


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