AAH ANNUAL Lecture 2022: Hammad Nasar

The Discomfort of Repair: Exhibition-making as ‘pushing hands’ with art’s histories

Out of respect for the industrial action in the university sector on 30 November, in which the University of London, including Senate House, is taking part, we have moved this event from 30 November 2022 to 1 December 2022. Location and time remain the same.

Join the Association for Art History for our Annual Lecture on Thursday 1 December (18:30-20:30) , which will be presented by Hammad Nasar.


The Tai Chi based exercise of ‘pushing hands’ is a model of practice that requires its practitioners to move with incoming force to redirect it or allow it to exhaust itself. In this lecture I will use it a lens through which to consider recent curatorial projects that deal with ideas of ‘Britain’ and ‘Britishness’ including the ongoing British Art Show 9.

Hammad Nasar is a curator, writer, and strategic advisor. He is presently Senior Research Fellow, Paul Mellon Centre (London) where he co-leads the ‘London, Asia’ project. His recent exhibitions include British Art Show 9 (2021-22), Turner Prize (2021), Speech Acts: Reflection-Imagination-Repetition (2018-19) and Rock, Paper, Scissors: Positions in Play – the UAE’s pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale (2017).

Earlier, he was Lead Curator, Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry; Principal Research Fellow, UAL Decolonising Arts Institute; Executive Director of the Stuart Hall Foundation, London; Head of Research & Programmes at Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong; and, co-founded Green Cardamom, London. He advises numerous arts organisations, and is a Board Member of the Henry Moore Foundation (UK) and Mophradat (Belgium).

At this event, the Association for Art History will award its inaugural Curatorial Prize for Exhibitions.

A drinks reception will follow the talk.

We are grateful to Cromwell Place for sponsoring our inaugural Curatorial Prize.


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