Shama Khanna is an independent curator, writer and educator from London via Nairobi where she was born. 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.
Currently Khanna curates Flatness and the artists’ moving image series, Non-Linear. Both programmes learn from artists’ practices in order to address the structural and the material conditions of working immaterially. The shared intention behind Flatness and Non-Linear is a rejection of hierarchies and received ideas like ‘progress’, ‘nature’ and ‘universal experience’ which have failed so many. 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.
Recent texts they have written have been published by Afterall, NANG, Art Monthly, The White Review, LUX and Aorist, co-edited with 7 other writers. Khanna is a Trustee of not/no.w.here cooperative, an Arts Adviser for Jerwood Arts and a writer-in-residence across Afterall and Shades of Noir.