AAA Resident: Saira Ansari

When 13 - 19 Dec 2015

Asia Art Archive welcomes Saira Ansari as our researcher-in-residence.
Ansari is the inaugural Lahore Biennale Foundation Research Fellow. Her project will create a digital archive of Zubeida Agha (1922–1997), the pioneering modernist artist whose roles as gallerist and patron are largely unexamined. Ansari’s project aims to access and digitise selected material including rarely circulated writings, ephemera, correspondence, and photographs that will enable future research on Agha’s legacy. As part of the Fellowship, Ansari will visit AAA to develop a plan for her research in consultation with the AAA team, and a selection of material resulting from the fellowship will be digitised and made available on AAA’s website. 
Saira Ansari is a researcher and a writer with a BFA from National College of Arts (NCA), Lahore, Pakistan (2004). Her curatorial projects include 'The importance of staying quiet' (2014) at Yallay gallery in Hong Kong, and a collaborative project with Umer Butt (Grey Noise) featuring prominent modern and contemporary practitioners from Pakistan and its diaspora. Ansari is currently the Director of Communications at The Third Line, Dubai, and Art Editor for Papercuts. She has contributed to various publications including Sohbet: Journal of Contemporary Arts and Culture, vol. 2 (2011), PIX: The Pakistan Issue (2015), and Anthology of Essays on Language and Accent, commissioned by THE STATE magazine and Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah, UAE, for the exhibition 'Accented' curated by Murtaza Vali (2015).
In collaboration with the Lahore Biennale Foundation

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