Radhika Subramaniam is a curator and writer interested in urban crises and surprises, particularly crowds, cultures of catastrophe and human-animal relationships. She is Director/Chief Curator of the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center (SJDC) at Parsons School of Design/The New School where she teaches in the School of Art and Design History and Theory. Her curatorial practice is cross-disciplinary and dialogic, committed to public pedagogy, critical urbanism and political and social justice. Curatorial projects include Art in Odd Places: Number, 2013; and Sign, 2009 (with Erin Donnelly); Abecedarium for Our Times, Apexart, 2008; and Cities, Art and Recovery, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), 2005 – 2006, a major two-year international initiative focused on art and culture in the aftermath of catastrophe. At the SJDC, she has developed dialogic curatorial platforms such as Living Concrete/Carrot City, 2010 (with Nevin Cohen); #searchunderoccupy, 2012; Art Environment Action!, 2012; Masterpieces of Everyday New York: Objects as Story, 2013 (with Margot Bouman); and Offense and Dissent: Image, Conflict, Belonging, 2014 (with Julia Foulkes and Mark Larrimore).
Previously Director of Cultural Programs for LMCC, she was founding executive editor of interdisciplinary journal, Connect: Art. Politics. Theory. Practice. She was a SEED Foundation Teaching Fellow in urban studies at the San Francisco Art Institute and artist-in-residence at The Banff Centre, Canada. She holds a Masters in Anthropology and a PhD. in Performance Studies. Recent writing includes Not as the Crow Flies, La.lit, Vol. 7, The Green Issue, Kathmandu, 2016; Small Acts, Forlorn Practices, in Activating Democracy, edited by Sheryl Oring, Intellect, 2016; In Search of the Indian Cow, in History According to Cattle, edited by Laura Gustafsson and Terike Haapoja, Punctum Books, 2015; and Living Concrete/Carrot City: An exhibition platform as a growing medium, with Nevin Cohen, Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development, 2012.
Radhika Subramaniam’s visit is suppported through the International Visiting Curators Program, developed and presented by Artspace in partnership with UNSW | Art & Design.