To me, location — where we are geographically, historically, politically, socially, in every sense of that term — matters a great deal. That is, understanding deeply the context in which we’re working which then allows us to initiate a grounded process of inquiry. I take that commitment as a key part of what I bring to a project as a curator.
Radhika Subramaniam is a curator and researcher 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 for Design/The New School where she is assistant professor at 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. She was formerly the Director of Cultural Programs at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the founding executive editor of an interdisciplinary journal, Connect: Art.Politics.Theory.Practice. She has been a SEED Foundation teaching fellow in urban studies at the San Francisco Art Institute (2012) and an artist-in-residence at The Banff Centre (2014). She has a Masters in Anthropology and a PhD. in Performance Studies.