Hammad Nasar is a curator, writer and researcher based in London. He is presently Senior Research Fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (part of Yale University), where he co-leads the London, Asia project. He is also Senior Research Fellow (Black Artists and Modernism) at University of the Arts London and Executive Director of the Stuart Hall Foundation. Earlier he co-founded the London-based arts organisation Green Cardamom (2004-12), and was Head of Research & Programmes at Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong (2012-16). Known for collaborative, research-driven and exhibition-led inquiry, he has curated or co-curated numerous exhibitions internationally. His recent exhibition projects include: Lines of Control: Partition as a Productive Space (2005-2013); Excessive Enthusiasm: Ha Bik Chuen and the Archive as Practice (2015); and Rock, Paper, Scissors: Positions in Play – the UAE’s national pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale (2017).
He is a member of the Board of Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts, London), and the Editorial Board of Tate’s magazine, Tate etc. He has also served in juries and advisory roles for numerous ogranisations internationally, including: the V&A Museum’s Jameel Prize (UK); Art Basel’s crowdfunding partnership with Kickstarter (Switzerland); Delfina Foundation (UK); Alserkal Avenue (UAE), and the Lahore Biennial Foundation (Pakistan).
Hammad Nasar is the curator of Abu Dhabi Art 2018 Gateway: Structures of Meaning | Architectures of Perception