Nancy Adajania is a cultural theorist and curator based in Bombay. Since the late 1990s, Adajania has written consistently on the practices of four generations of Indian women artists. Her book, The Thirteenth Place: Positionality as Critique in the Art of Navjot Altaf (2016), goes beyond the mandate of a conventional artist monograph to map the larger histories of the Leftist and feminist movements in India. Adajania was Joint Artistic Director of the 9th Gwangju Biennale (2012) and has curated a number of exhibitions including a cycle of video art for ‘Sights and Sounds: Global Film and Video’, Jewish Museum, New York (2015). In 2013 and 2014, Adajania taught the curatorial practice course at the Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts.
There are many possible definitions of art in the public domain. As the term ‘public domain’ suggests, it is as much a question of space, as it is of the debates that are made possible in such a space. The porous and indeed contested relationship between the spaces of art and those of the public […]