Asha Iman Veal is Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Photography. She focuses on interdisciplinary projects that advocate cross-cultural solidarity across geographic or political distance. She is additionally a Humanity in Action Landecker Democracy Senior Fellow (EU/UK/USA), BMW Foundation Responsible Leader (North America Region/Global Table), and Chicago Council on Global Affairs Emerging Leader (Class of 2023). In faculty appointment, Asha Iman is Associate Professor Adj for the Department of Arts Administration & Policy at School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Recently, Asha Iman developed and led the independent exhibition RAISIN, exploring the global proliferation of an arts-based format that has encouraged dialogues on justice in cities across the world (Chicago Architecture Biennial 2021).
Her curatorial projects and exhibitions include: Beautiful Diaspora/You Are Not the Lesser Part at MoCP (2022); RAISIN as a partner program of the Chicago Architecture Biennial (2021); Martine Gutierrez at MoCP (2021); Dream at Hyde Park Art Center (2021); and more. Asha Iman's previous work includes curatorial, publication, and research projects in Chicago, New York, Edinburgh, Vietnam, Juárez, Havana, and Tokyo; as well as serving as Associate Festival Producer for playwright Eve Ensler’s V-Day global movement to end violence against women and girls (New York).
She has served as a juror and nominator for contemporary art centers and residencies including University of Chicago Arts, University of Chicago Center for the Study of Race Politics Culture, and more; as well as grantors including 3Arts and Arts Work Fund. She is on the board of Experimental Sound Studio (Chicago), and Heaven Gallery (Chicago). Her projects have been featured by international cultural organizations such as Pakhuis de Zwijger Amsterdam, Istituto Italiano di Cultura Chicago, and more.
B.A. The Gallatin School at New York University, M.F.A. The New School, M.A. School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
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