Book Launch and Talk
Talking Transculturality, a conversation between Nadira Husain and art historian Jamila Adeli.
NADIRA HUSAIN (she/her) lives and works in Berlin (DE), Paris, Basque Country (FR), and Hyderabad (IN). Her work explores visual forms related to issues of post-migration, transculturality and cultural hybridity. Her practice begins with painting, where she draws on heterogeneous interpretations of art histories beyond the Eurocentric perspective. By appropriating symbols and stories from different cultural registers connected to her own multicultural background, she follows logics of assemblage, connectivity and relationships in form and narrative. Besides her art practice, she works as a guest professor at the Berlin University of the Arts, where she co-teaches with Marina Naprushkina since 2021, and is a teacher and a mentor at *foundationClass at the Berlin-Weissensee Art Academy since 2017. She is regularly involved in self-organized collective initiatives and projects that are grounded in anti-racist and intersectional ethos in the field of art.
JAMILA ADELI studied European Art History, Film Studies and English Philology at Freie Universität Berlin. Since 2007, she has worked as curator, coordinator and advisor, specializing in the field of contemporary art in and of the MENASA region. In 2019, she received her Ph.D. in South Asian Studies at the cross section Gender and Media Studies for the South Asian Region at Humboldt Universität of Berlin. It tackles the transition of the contemporary artistic field in Mumbai, Delhi and Kochi (2000–2018) by focusing on its various local art actors. In her current research at Humboldt University of Berlin, she investigates artistic (de)constructions of new cultural narratives as local reaction to and position towards China’s Belt and
Road Initiative (BRI).
The catalogue published by DCV accompanies the exhibition Manzil Monde by Nadira Husain at Institut Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt. The exhibition is on view until 4th December 2022.
Edited by Sandra Bornemann-Quecke, Philipp Gutbrod
German/English texts by Jamila Adeli, Sandra Bornemann-Quecke, Philipp Gutbrod, Nadira Husain, Carolina Maddè, Barbara Muhr
Design by HIT Studio, Berlin
Paperback, 160 pages, 22 x 28 cm