Shama Khanna

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Shama Khanna is an independent curator, writer and educator from London via Nairobi where they were born. Khanna is committed to creating opportunities for marginalised artists and publics to practice and engage with the arts, as much as possible, on their own terms.  With over ten years’ experience working in the UK and internationally Khanna has curated numerous artists’ projects and commissions both independently and as part of collaborations with organisations including: The Showroom, Goldsmiths University of London, Jerwood Visual Arts, Camden Arts Centre, London, P.S. 1 and PERFORMA in NYC and Documenta14 in Athens. She works as an Associate Lecturer at University of the Arts, Royal College of Art and Kingston University, London.

Khanna curates Flatness and the artists’ moving image series, Non-Linear. Both programmes learn from artists’ practices in order to address the artistic, structural and the material conditions and possibilities of working immaterially. Screening and discussion events have taken place at international venues including: Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen; Chisenhale Gallery and Auto Italia in London; Palais de Tokyo in Paris; Moderna Museet, Malmö; LIMA, Amsterdam; Western Front, Vancouver; Microscope, New York; Rupert, Vilnius; warehouse, Berlin; LUX Scotland and CCA, Glasgow.

Khanna has contributed to Afterall, NANG, Art Monthly, The White Review, LUX and Aorist, co-edited with 7 other writers. Khanna is a Trustee of not/ cooperative, an Arts Adviser for Jerwood Arts and a curator-in-residence at Afterall.

Selected writing and projects:
Flatness Interview for Spike Magazine
Non-linear screening series
Frida Orupabo exhibition review for Afterall
Contributor to Tongues by Rehana Zaman
Dennis Cooper film review for The White Review