Lecture on Wednesday 18 April: Curating in Context – Natasha Ginwala

Welcome to the discussion held at the Helsinki Art Museum HAM (seminar room, Eteläinen Rautatiekatu 8) where independent curator Natasha Ginwala will give a public talk on Wednesday 18 April from 5-6:30 pm.

 In her lecture, Natasha Ginwala will address two recent projects, Contour Biennale 8 entitled Polyphonic Worlds: Justice as Medium (2017) that investigates questions of legal representation, testimonial production and staging trials beyond the limits of the court of law through artistic processes; and Riots: Slow Cancellation of the Future (2018) that remains concerned with the intersection between art, the politics of disorder, racial violence and a phenomenology of the multitude.

Ginwala will articulate her curatorial strategies regarding endurance, collectivity and continuum—resonating with African-American writer and activist Audre Lorde‘s provocation, “Revolution is not a onetime event”.

The Curating in Context lecture is a series of itinerant public discussions organised by Frame Contemporary Art Finland. The programme is held in English and open to the public.

Ginwala’s visit to Helsinki is organised by Frame, in connection to her work as a member of the jury for the Finnish Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale, 2019. The lecture is organised in collaboration with Helsinki Art Museum HAM. Find the Facebook event here.


Natasha Ginwala is a curator and writer. She curated Contour Biennale 8, Polyphonic Worlds: Justice as Medium and was a curatorial advisor for documenta 14, 2017. Other recent projects include Arrival, Incision. Indian Modernism as Peripatetic Itinerary in the framework of Hello World; revising a Collection at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, 2018; Riots: Slow Cancellation of the Future at ifa-Galerie, Berlin and Stuttgart, 2018; My East is Your West at the 56th Venice Biennale, 2015; Still Against the Sky at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, 2015; and Corruption…Everybody Knows with e-flux, New York, 2015.

Ginwala was a member of the artistic team for the 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (with Juan A. Gaitán) and has co-curated The Museum of Rhythm at Taipei Biennial 2012 (with Anselm Franke) and at Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź, 2016–17. From 2013–15, in collaboration with Vivian Ziherl, she led the multi-part curatorial project Landings presented at various partner organisations. Ginwala writes regularly on contemporary art and visual culture. She will join as a Curator at Gropius Bau, Berlin, in Spring 2018.

Banner image: Natasha Ginwala ”Riots: Slow Cancellation of the Future”, ifa-Galerie Berlin, 2018, courtesy: ifa-Galerie Berlin, photo: Wataru Murakami