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The work of curator and writer Natasha Ginwala focuses on contemporary art and visual culture.

Ginwala is Associate Curator at Gropius Bau, Berlin and Artistic Director of Gwangju Biennale 2020 with Defne Ayas. She has curated SEA CHANGE, Colomboscope Arts Festival (2019); Hello World. Revising a Collection, Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin (2018); Riots: Slow Cancellation of the Future, ifa-Galerie, Berlin and Stuttgart (2018); Polyphonic Worlds: Justice as Medium, Contour Biennale 8 (2017); My East is Your West, 56th Venice Biennale (2015) and Corruption: Everybody Knows…, e-flux, New York (2015). She was also part of the curatorial team for documenta 14 (2017) and the 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (2014).

Ginwala has authored a number of essays, including ‘So Many Hungers in South as a State of Mind’, Issue #8, documenta 14 #3, (2017) and ‘Maps That Don’t Belong’, Ibraaz, Platform 008 / 26 February (2015). She has written catalogue entries for Mariam Suhail, Raqs Media Collective, Rupali Gupte and Prasad Shetty as well as All the World’s Futures, Venice Biennale (2015). She has also served as editor for Jitish Kallat (Prestel Publishing and Mapin Publishing, 2018); Hearings: A Reader for Contour Biennale 8 (Contour and Sternberg Press, 2017) and My East is Your West (Gujral Foundation and Harper Collins, India, 2015).

Among the grants and awards she has received are the Graham Foundation Grant, Chicago (2019); Visual Arts Research Grant, Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe (2018); India Today Art Award, Curator of the Year (2016–2017) and Curatorial Grant for Independent Travel and Research, Foundation for Arts Initiatives, Paris (2013–2014). She has also participated in the Davidoff International Art Residency, Altos de Chavón School of Design, La Romana, Dominican Republic (2016).

Ginwala received an MA from the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (2010) and completed the Curatorial Programme at the de Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam (2011). Born in 1985 in Ahmedabad, she currently lives and works in Berlin.

SAF participation:
Bani Abidi (2019)

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