Oscar Santillan, A Hymn, 2013. Event documented on video.

Prajna Desai (India) obtained a PhD in History of Art from Yale University in 2009. Her dissertation applied modern theory to reconsider radical shifts in Maya architecture through a philosophical lens. Her current work focus on food emerges in the Dharavi Food Project for Dharavi Biennale 2015. Prajna is interested in examining the aesthetics and personal impetus of food practices as alternative ways of reading history and cultural taboos on pleasure and female sexuality. Primarily a writer, she joins her own research with first-hand collaborative workshops in writing that bridge art criticism, fiction, and philosophy. In her role as a curator, she is drawn to projects that enable the art economy to educate and expand beyond the gallery space and visual practice.

Prajna is currently based in Mumbai. Two forthcoming curatorial projects are planned at Project 88 and Mumbai Art Room. In the past she has taught in New York, Los Angeles, and Mumbai, at Yeshiva University, Staten Island College (CUNY), University of Southern California and Rachana Sansad Academy of Architecture. Her writing has appeared in Frieze, Art in America, Aperture, and tcj.com.

Prajna’s residency is part of our Research Fellowship programme and has been funded by FICA.

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