Shama Khanna /

she/ they

Shama Khanna is an independent curator, writer, educator and gardener from London. They are the founder of Flatness (, a long-running online platform for artists’ moving image and network culture invested in curating through a queer decolonial lens. The project has been described as a ‘digital site of resistance’ (Dr Sylvia Theuri), decentring narratives of the arts, technology and normalcy from the margins of the online.

As well as with the artists featured on the site, Khanna has collaborated with numerous publications and organisations including: documenta 14, Athens; NANG, Seoul; Moderna Museet, Malmö; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Western Front, Vancouver; Microscope, NYC; LIMA, Amsterdam; Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem; Art Monthly; Afterall; LUX Scotland; Jerwood Arts; Herbert Gallery; Camden Arts Centre; The Women’s Art Library, Goldsmiths; Feminist Review Journal; Chisenhale Gallery; Syllabus; and CCA, Glasgow (all UK). They have held teaching positions at Royal College of Art, Goldsmiths University of London and University of the Arts. Queer Diasporic Futurity edited by Flatness and developed in partnership with not/nowhere artist workers cooperative and researchers from Manchester Met University was published in July 2022. Currently, Flatness are curatorial residents at Forma HQ and Peveril Gardens, London. Khanna is Chair of the advisory Board for not/nowhere.


Selected writing and projects:

Flatness Interview for Spike Art Magazine

Non-linear screening series

Frida Orupabo exhibition review for Afterall

Dennis Cooper film review for The White Review

Vulnerability with Attitude (Overdue Dues) on the work of Hannah Catherine Jones.

Interview with Danielle Brathwaite Shirley published open source in Feminist Review.


Documentation of event showing visitors to the swap shop

swap shop logo with illustrated hands grabbing the letters 'w' and 'h'