Bhavisha Panchia’s curatorial work and research engage with artistic and cultural practices in shifting global conditions, focusing on anti/postcolonial discourses, imperial histories and networks of production and circulation of (digital) media. A significant part of her practice centres on auditory media’s relationship to geopolitical paradigms, particularly with respect to the social and ideological signification of sound and music in contemporary culture.

She has curated several international exhibitions, including Prospekt: A VR Essay by Geraldine Juárez and performed by Josefina Bjork, Gothenburg Botanical Garden, Sweden (2018); For the Record, ifa-Galerie, Berlin (2018); writing for the eye, writing for the ear, Season 3, Centre for the Less Good Idea, Johannesburg (2018); Buried in the Mix, MEWO Kunsthalle, Memmingen, Germany (2018) and what is left of what has left, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, US (2016).

Panchia received a grant from the curators-in-residence programme at KfW Stiftung, organised in cooperation with ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) (2018). She holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts (2009) and a master’s degree in the history of art (2012) from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and she also earned a master’s degree in curatorial studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, US (2016).

Born in 1985 in Durban, South Africa, she currently lives and works in Johannesburg.

SAF participation:
Air Arabia Curator in Residence (2019)

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