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Hammad Nasar

Principal Research Fellow Decolonising Arts Institute
University of the Arts London
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Hammad  Nasar


Hammad Nasar is a curator, researcher and strategic advisor based in London. He is Principal Research Fellow at the Decolonising Arts Institute, UAL where he is developing ‘Curating Nation’ – a project exploring how national narratives are formed and circulated through collections, exhibitions and bureaucracy. He is also Senior Research Fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (Yale University), where he co-leads (with Sarah Victoria Turner) the ‘London, Asia’ project exploring the entangled art histories of Britain and Asia. He was the inaugural Executive Director of the Stuart Hall Foundation, London (2018-19); Senior Research Fellow at UAL as part of the Black Artists & Modernim project (2017-18); Head of Research & Programmes at Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong (2012-16); and, co-founded (with Anita Dawood) the pioneering hybrid arts organisation, Green Cardamom, London (2004-12).

Nasar is co-curator (with Irene Aristizabal) of British Art Show 9 (2021-22), the UK’s largest recurring exhibition of contemporary art organised every five years by Hayward Gallery Touring. Other forthcoming exhibition projects he is working on include: The Artist’s Studio 1920-2020, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2022) and Making New Worlds: Li Yuan-chia & Friends, Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge (2022-3).

Known for collaborative, research-driven and exhibition-led inquiry, he has curated (or co-curated) numerous exhibitions internationally, including: Structures of Meaning|Architectures of Perception (2018-19) as guest curator for the 2018 edition of Abu Dhabi Art; Speech Acts: Reflection-Imagination-Repetition (2018-19) at Manchester Art Gallery; Rock, Paper, Scissors: Positions in Play – the UAE’s national pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale (2017); 15 Invitations for 15 Years (2015-16) at Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong; Lines of Control: Partition as a Productive Space (2005-13) at multiple locations including Cornell University’s Johnson Museum and Duke University’s Nasher Museum.

Previously he worked in financial services (KPMG and ANZ), management consulting (Booz Allen Hamilton), and was Chief Marketing Officer of the Swiss investment analytics company, Brainpower. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) and has an MBA from IMD, Lausanne. He was a Fellow of the Clore Leadership Programme, and a research fellow with the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths College, London.

Nasar is a member of the board of Mophradat (Belgium), of the editorial board of Tate’s magazine, 'Tate Etc' and serves on the expert panel for Art and Design, History, Practice and Theory as part of the UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021). He is an advisor to numerous organisations internationally, including: Barbican Centre, Delfina Foundation, and Manchester Art Gallery (UK); Lahore Biennale Foundation (Pakistan); and Alserkal Avenue (UAE).

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