Murtaza Vali is a critic, curator, editor and Visiting Instructor at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, USA. He was curator of Geometries of Difference: New Approaches to Ornament and Abstraction, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz and Accented, Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah. He is contributing editor at ArtAsiaPacific and was Co-Editor of its 2007 and 2008 Almanac issue. He also writes for ArtReview, Art India and Bidoun and has penned monographic essays on several artists including Bani Abidi, Siah Armajani, Emily Jacir and Reena Saini Kallat. He has spoken at Cornell University, the Yale School of Art, Sharjah Art Foundation’s March Meeting and Art Dubai’s Global Art Forum, and served on the Selection Jury for the 2010 Sharjah Art Foundation Production Programme Grants. Vali holds an MA in Art History and Archaeology from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts (2004). He lives between Sharjah and Brooklyn.