Public Lectures & Talks

Sara Raza frequently participates in a variety of speaking opportunities such as lectures, panels and tours, for formal and informal educational learning environments. She teaches Masters courses at the New York University’s Interactive Masters Telecommunications Program and the School of Visual Arts Masters in Curatorial Practice Program.

Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milan, Italy, Jul 2022 guest lecture for the Masters in Curatorial Studies Program.

Uzbekistan Pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale, Italy, Jul 2022, co-curator of ‘The Panoptic Garden’ a one-week intensive public program with Andris Brinkmanis (Milan, NABA) that focuses on transcultural themes relating to the garden as a discursive space through the lens of utopia, heterotopia, and dystopia. Designed in response to the 59th International Venice Biennale “Dixit Algorizmi—The Garden of Knowledge” the intensive poetically addresses algorithmic thinking and bias from a human-centric and non Euro-American centric perspective. Through the metaphor of “world-building” the program questions colonial historical narratives, assumptions, and optics. Guests include:Nadia Kaabi-Linke (Berlin/Kiev), Ami Mehta, Sophia Baker (NYU ITP MA), Munisa Kholkhujaeva and Leonardo Zappala (NABA MA), Danilo Correale
(New York), Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas (Lithuania) Matteo Pasquinelli (Karlsruhe), Algorithmic Perfumery (Netherlands/US), Anton Ginzburg (New York) and Ergin Çavuşoğlu (London/Istanbul).

Australian Museums & Art Galleries Association, Perth, Jun 2022, keynote address ‘Thinking Without a Bannister (after Hannah Arendt).’

Asia Society, New York, Arts & Museum Summit, Nov 2021 panelist and chair for session on ‘Decolonizing Curatorial Practices.’

Yale School of Art, New Haven, Feb 2021 (guest critic) for the Masters in Painting and Printmaking final thesis exhibition.

Hawaii Contemporary Art Summit Commentaries, Honolulu, Feb 2021, (moderator and curator)  with guests Celine Semaan (SlowFactory), Akiemi Glenn (Popolo Project), Louise Bernand (Obama Foundation), Xiaoyu Wang (Guggenheim), Halona Norton-Westbrook (Honolulu Museum of Modern Art), Miwako Tezuka (Reversible Destiny Foundation) and Jaimey Hamilton Faris (University of Hawaii at Manoa).

University of Hawaii at Manoa, Hawaii, Nov 2020, (guest lecture) on “Curating the Global Contemporary.”

The Interdisciplinary Art and Theory Program, New York, Sept 2020, (fall Distinguished Faculty Lecture) on “Global Art and Visual Cultures from the Venice Biennial to the Guggenheim.”

RiseUp Summit, American University of Cairo, Egypt, Dec 2019, (keynote lecture) ‘Curating the Contemporary MENA.”

National Arts Club, New York, Nov 2019, (panel discussion) on “Art and Activism” with Aliza Shavarts, Grace Aneiza Ali & Leila A. Amineddoleh.

SVA, New York, USA, Nov 2019, (guest lecture) for MA Curatorial Program.

New York University, Interactive Telecommunications Program, New York, USA, Oct 2019, (guest lecture) for MA Program.

Art World Conference, New York Law School, Apr 2019, panel discussion on “Defining Your Business: Story Telling” with JiaJia Fei, Antwaun Sargent & Hrag Vartanian, moderated by Tiana Webb Evans.

ING Creatives Festival, Dubai Design District, Apr 2019, keynote lecture on curatorial practice in the Middle East and its diaspora and workshop intensive on career development for creatives.

Mana Contemporary, NJ, USA, Apr 2019, in conversation with curator Xiaoyu Weng, curator of the 5th Ural Industrial Biennial of Art.

Mana Contemporary, NJ, USA, Feb 2019, in conversation with Eugenie Tsai, senior curator of contemporary art at the Brooklyn Museum.

Mana Contemporary, NJ, USA, Nov 2018, in conversation with Justine Ludwig, executive director of Creative Time, New York, on art and social practices.

HKAGA Art Symposium, Hong Kong, Nov 2018, panelists on “How are Western Museum collecting and understanding Contemporary Art from Asia?” with Boon Hui Tan, Director of Asia Society Museum, Victoria Sung, Assistant Curator of Visual Arts, Walker Art Centre, Alan Lau, Collector and Member of M+ Board, and Catherine Kwai, Founder of Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery. Moderated by Raymond Tang, Curator (Hong Kong Art), Hong Kong Museum of Art.

Al Burda Festival, Abu Dhabi, Nov 2018, chair of the panel “Cultural Organizations in the Digital Era” with panelists Fareed A. Al-Ali, Chairman, Kuwait Islamic Art Center, Kuwait, and Dr. Henry Kim, Director and CEO, Aga Khan Museum, Canada.

Mana Contemporary, NJ, USA, Nov 2018, chair of the panel “Current Thinking on Arts and Funding for Artists and Creatives” with Deana Haggag President and CEO of United States Artists and NY based artist James Clar.

MacKenzie Art Gallery, Canada, Nov 2018, curatorial lecture on the occasion of the exhibition ‘Punk Orientalism’ and conversation with artists Shahpour Pouyan and Babi Badalov.

MiArt, Milan, Italy, Apr 2018, panelist “Social Imaginary vs Institutional Imaginary” with Nicolaus Schafhausen, &  Fatos Üstek.

NABA University, Milan, Italy, Mar 2018, guest lecture for the global visiting guest lecture series.

John F. Kennedy Center, Washington DC, Mar 2018 panelist for “The Evolution of Levantine Art,” with Michael Jeha, Ghada Amer & Salah Barakat.

Duke University, NC, Durham, Feb 2018, guest lecture and conference panelist for “inTransit: Art & Migration.”

Contemporary Calgary, Calgary, Canada, Sept 2017, conference paper “Black Ink, White Text,” as part of the international symposium “What (Else) Can Art Writing Do?”

The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Apr, 2017 (part of the Whitney Biennial programming) in conversation with Basma Alsharif

The Mackenzie Art Gallery, Apr, Saskatchewan, Canada, 2017, guest lecture (part of the art conversations series) “Site & Specificity: The Cross-Circulation  of Art & Ideas.”

The University of Sydney, Australia, Nov, 2016, Keynote speaker for Centre 4A Contemporary Asian Art’s 20 year anniversary co-organized by the Power Institute, Sydney University, the Asian Australian Studies Research Network and the China Studies Centre.

The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C., Oct, 2016, ‘Migrations/ Immigration: International Forum,’ on the subject of Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series.

The Philadelphia Art Museum, Philadelphia, Sept, 2016, ‘Museum as Score,’ on the subject of the Shiraz Art Festivals (1967-77).

Asia Cultural Centre, Gwangju, Korea, Sept, 2016, ‘Rational Ethics: The Curator as an Agent or Double Agent?’ Organized by the International Curators Forum within the frames of the Gwangju Biennale.

Guggenheim Museum, Sept, 2016 ‘(De)coupling as Discourse on the Global South’ symposium that explored the autonomous rise of the Global South and contemporary art practices outside of the Euro-Americancentric framework.

Guggenheim Museum, Jul, 2016, ‘Conversations at the Crossroads Series: In conversation with Professor Talinn Grigor (UC Davis,’ on the subject of art & architecture. Within the frames of the exhibition ‘But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise.’

Guggenheim Museum, Jul, 2016, ‘An Evening with artists Ori Gersht & Zineb Sedira.’ Within the frames of the exhibition ‘But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise.’

Guggenheim Museum, Jun, 2016, ‘Conversations at the Crossroads Series: In conversation with Professor Tim Cresswell (Northeastern University),’ on the subject of art & geography. Within the frames of the exhibition ‘But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise.’

Guggenheim Museum, May, 2016, ‘Conversations at the Crossroads Series: In conversation with Professor Joseph Masad (Columbia University),’ on the subject of histories & colonialism. Within the frames of the exhibition ‘But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise.’

Guggenheim Museum, Apr, 2016, ‘The Built, Unbuilt & Unbuildable’ (panel discussion) with artists Ahmed Mater & Ala Younis, chaired by Troy Conrad Therrien (curator of architecture & digital initiatives at Guggenheim). Within the frames of the exhibition ‘But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise.’

Freer Sackler, The Smithsonian’s Museum of Asian Art, Mar, 2016, ‘Symbolic Cities’ in conversation with artist Ahmed Mater & curator Carol Huh.

New York University, Mar, 2016, ‘Post Oil States’ guest lecture.

New Museum, New York, Feb, 2016, ‘Staring Back at the Sun’ panel discussion.

New York University, Jan, 2016, ‘Museums in a Global Context’ guest lecture.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, Oct, 2015, ‘West & Centre: Cross-Circulating Curatorial Practices.

Wolfsberg UBS Art Summit, Switzerland, Sept, 2015, ‘How Near is the Middle East,’ lecture & panel discussion.

Yarat Contemporary Arts Space, Baku, Aug 2015, ‘DIY Artist Run Spaces,’ in conversation with Nazrin Mammadova & Farhad Farzaliyev. 

Yarat Contemporary Arts Space, Baku, June 2015, ‘Liquid Breeding,’ in-conversation with artist Ergin Cavusoglu

Safina Radio Project, 56th Venice Biennale, May 2015, In-conversation with visual artist Wafaa Bilal

Invisible Pavilion, IADA Talks, 56th Venice Biennale, May 2015, chair of talks on arts education with Nina Mahdavi, Caspian Art Foundation, IADA, ArtBat Festival, Kazakhstan.

Davis Museum, Wellesley College, Boston, USA, April 2015,  ‘Art and Reality: A Symposium on Contemporary Middle Eastern Art in Context,’ with Dr Nada Shabout, Omar Kholeif, Vassilis Oikonomopoulos & Dr Ladan Akbarnia.

Armory Art Fair, NY, USA, March 2015, panel discussion ‘Regional Attaches’ with Nora Razian, Basak Senova & Chen Tamir.

Yarat Contemporary Art Organisation, Baku, Azerbaijan, March 2015, panel discussion ‘Arts Education in Azerbaijan’ with Suad Garayeva, Shirin Neshat & Aida Mahmudova.

Vienna Art Fair, Austria, October 2014, panel discussion “Generation: Baku.”

Yarat Contemporary Art Organisation, Baku, Azerbaijan, May 2014, guest lecture, “Curators Want to Be Artists & Artists Want to Be Curators.”

The Archive, Dubai, UAE, Mar 2014, panel discussion (chair) “Public Art & Time,” with artist Wafaa Bilal and artist and Yarat founder Aida Mahmudova.

Casa Arabe, Madrid, Spain, Feb 2014, panel discussion entitled “New Art Market Scenarios: The Emerging Scene in Saudi Arabia,” with artist Ayman Yossri and collector Basma Al Sulaiman.

Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, Sept 2013, panel discussions (curator & chair) “Innovation & Evolution: Contemporary Design in Dubai Now” with Cyril Zammit, Fair Director of Design Days Dubai, designer Khalid Shafar, Anarchitect co-founder Tarik Al Zaharna, and architect and designer Marc Aurel,

Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, Sept 2013 “Cultural Hubs, Incubators & Alternative Art Spaces,” Rashid Bin Shabib, Giuseppe Moscatello, Manager of Maraya Art Centre; Barjeel Art Foundation’s curator and manager, Mandy Merzban; and independent curator and former Artists-in-Residence Dubai curator-in-residence Alexander MacGilp.

Zayed University, Dubai, Mar 2013  panel discussion (chair) The Hierarchy of Being: Public Art, Space and Time with artist Wafaa Bilal, James Crawford and Alexander Turner (Royal College of Art).

Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London, Dec 2012,  lecture on Making of the Modern Middle East.

Alaan Artspace, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Oct 2012 chair on panel on SoftPower exhibition with Sarah Abu Abdallah, Manal Al Dowayan and Giuseppe Moscatello.

Vienna Art Fair, Vienna Austria, Sept 2012 panelist on Central Asian new art scenes.

BBC World Service, London, Sept 2012 in conversation with Samira Ahmed.

Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London, Apr 2012, guest lecture on Central Asia’s post-Soviet Art Revolution.

Royal College of Art, LondonMar 2012, guest lecture on Migrasophia exhibition.

American University of Sharjah, UAE, Mar 2012, in-conversation with Taus Makhacheva.

Lawrieshabibi Gallery, Dubai, Mar 2012, in-conversation with Nadia Kaabe-Linke.

India Art Fair Speaker’s Forum, New Delhi, Jan 2012, in-conversation with Bharti Kher, Marc Quinn and A. Bala.

Cultural Now Institute of Contemporary Arts, Nov 2011, London in-conversation with Ergin Cavusoglu, in collaboration with Asian Art in London and ArtAsiaPacific.

Studio Shezad Dawood, London, Nov 2011, in-conversation with Shezad Dawood, in collaboration with Asian Art in London and ArtAsiaPacific.

2nd International Uzbek-British Women’s Business & Cultural Forum, Oct 2011: Central Asian Contemporary Art Market, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Calvert 22, London, Oct 2011, guest lecture on :”Central Asian Contemporary Art in Context,” to coincide with the exhibition “Between Heaven and Earth,” curated by David Elliot.

Art Hong Kong, May 2011, curator of informal education programme delivered 30 Guerrilla Talks and Interviews with David Elliot, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Chris Doyle, Ashley Bickerton, Yan Pei-Ming, Doryun Chong, among many others.

Aicon Gallery, London, Mar 2011, talk on contemporary artist Amna Ilyas.

Intelligence Squared, London, Nov 2010, Saatchi Gallery Debate with Alexandra Munroe, Iain Robertson, Sarah Kent and others.

Rossi & Rossi Gallery, Apr 2010 London, In conversation with Leang Seckon.

BBC World Service, London, Mar 2010, interview with Hariet Gilbert for The Strand.

Daneyal Mahmood Gallery, New York, Dec 2009, in conversation with Justine Cooper “Science, Fiction & the Visual Arts.”

Rossi & Rossi Gallery, London, Sept 2009, “Erbossyn Meldibekov, exhibition tour.”

Art Basel 09, Art Lobby Conversations, Jun 2009, ” Good Words, Good Thoughts & Good Deeds,” with Lida Abdul & Fereydoun Ave.

Sharjah Biennial, March Meetings,  Mar 2009 “Tashkent Biennial 5.”

BAF Art School, Dubai, Mar 2009 Curator and Faculty.

Gallery Nev/ Sotheby’s Istanbul, Dec 2008, in conversation with Hale Tenger & Nazif Topcuoglu.

Galerist/Sotheby’s Istanbul, Dec 2008 in conversation with Leyla Gediz & Taner Ceylan.

ShContemporary Shanghai, Sept 2008 “Practices of Everyday Life: New Image Making in West & Central Asia,” with Reza Aramesh, Yael Bartana, Ergin Cavusoglu, Erbossyn Meldibekov and Sophia Tabatadze.

Tate Modern, London, Mar 2007, presented paper on “Presence and Absence in Live Art.”

Tate Modern, London, Feb 2007, presented paper on “Informal Architectures in Central Asia” symposium February 2007

Westminster University, London, Oct 2006, guest lecture “Foot Traffic: Contemporary Urban Performance.”

PSI 12 Queen Marys University, London, Jun 2006,  guest lecture on “The Built, Un-Built and Un-Buildable.”

Tate Modern, London “Tacita Dean: chaired artist talk June 2006

South London Gallery, London “Alternate: Video Art Production Now,” January 2006

Bishkek Historical Museum, Kirgyzstan “In the Shadow of Fallen Heroes: Iranian Contemporary Art,” September 2005

San Jose University, California, USA “Infiltration of Public Spaces: Reza Abdoh and Ibrahim Quraishi,” September 2005

PSI 11 Brown University, Rhode Island, USA, Apr 2005, paper on “The Beautification of Violence within the work of Reza Aramesh, Lida Abdul & Paula Roush.”

South London Gallery, London, Dec 2004, ShowCASe Preview, exhibition curator’s tour.

ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany, Dec 2004, paper on “Taziyeh: Performance and Informal Theatre.”

Artquest, London “Emerging Curators,” London, Nov 2004, (panel) with Nav Haq, Emily Pethick, Adelaide Bannerman and Mark Walsh November 2004

Artsadmin, London “Process, Performance and Strategy within the work of Adrian Piper,” (panel) September 2004

South London Gallery, London, “Power, Surveillance and Performativity in the City, On the work of Paula Roush,” within the frame of the exhibition Perfectly Placed,  August 2004

South London Gallery, London, “Borrowed Where? On the work of Goshka Macuga,” (chair)  Within the frame of the exhibition Perfectly Placed. August 2004

Lawrence O’Hana Gallery/ Iran Heritage Foundation, London, Feb 2004,  in conversation with Reza Aramesh.