Saira Ansari is a researcher and a writer with a focus on South Asian art history and publishing. She holds a BFA and an MA (Hons.) in Visual Arts from the National College of Arts, Lahore. She works in Publications and Research at the Sharjah Art Foundation and is a Contributing Editor for the South Asian literary journal Papercuts. Her curatorial projects include The importance of staying quiet (Hong Kong, 2014). Saira has contributed to various international publications including Art Asia Pacific, The Rio Times, The State, Canvas, Harper’s Bazaar Art Arabia, Khaleej Times, Folio, ArtNow Pakistan, Herald Magazine; with essays in Everything we do is music, Drawing Room and Cornerhouse Publications (UK, 2017); Rupak, Lala Rukh’s commission for Documenta 14, Grey Noise (UAE, 2017); Syntax Freezone: Anthology of Essays on Language and Accent, THE STATE and Maraya Art Centre (UAE, 2015); PIX: The Pakistan Issue (India, 2015); and Sohbet: Journal of Contemporary Arts and Culture, Vol. 2 (Pakistan, 2011), amongst others.
Introduction: South Asian Modern&Contemporary Art