A curator, writer and art educator, Roobina Karode is the Chief Curator and Director of the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), New Delhi, and the International Asian Art Council.
Following a Master’s in Education and Fine Art, Karode has been involved for over a decade in curatorial work and arts education, teaching both Indian and Western art history at institutions such as Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi, and the School of Arts & Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University. In 1997, she co-curated the Indian section of the first Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale. Her curatorial work since then includes Tiger by the Tail! Women Artists of India Transforming Culture (2008), a travelling exhibition on seventeen female Indian artists for the Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center, Massachusetts; the 2011 Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts exhibition on Krishna Reddy; and several other exhibitions of Indian artists for the Musee Guimet, Paris, the Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid, and the Met Breuer, New York. In 2019, she curated the Indian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, titled Our Time for a Future Caring.
Karode has written on contemporary Indian art for various publications, such as Art India Magazine and several other journals. She has also received a number of awards and scholarships, including a Fulbright Fellowship (2000), a Ford Foundation Teaching Fellowship (2006) and the 2016 Curator of the Year Award from the India Today Art Awards.
She has been associated with the KNMA as a curator and director since its opening in 2010, connecting to general audiences through educational programmes as well as curating urban art. Till date, she has curated over twenty-five exhibitions for KNMA, including thematic shows and retrospectives of Indian artists such as Arpita Singh, Nasreen Mohamedi, Jeram Patel, Nalini Malani and Vivan Sundaram.
As of writing, Karode lives and works in New Delhi.
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