Saira Ansari


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

Dr. Giovanni Aloi

Giovanni Aloi was born in Milan, Italy in 1976. In 1995 he obtained his first degree in Fine Art – Theory and Practice, then moved to London in 1997 where he furthered his studies in Visual Cultures (MA) at Goldsmiths University of London. From 1999 to 2004 he worked at Whitechapel Art Gallery and as a film programmer at Prince Charles Cinema in London whilst continuing to work as freelance photographer. Today he is a Lecturer in History of Art and Visual Cultures at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sotheby’s Institute of Art London and New York, and Tate Galleries. He lectures on subjects of modern and contemporary art with an emphasis on the representation of natural history. In 2006, he founded Antennae, the Journal of Nature in Visual Culture of which he is Editor in Chief. Counting thousands of readers around the world, the Journal is today the international reference point for the debate on animals in the arts. (www.antennae.org.ukArt & Animals, his first book part of the series ‘Art &…’ by IB Tauris, was published in November 2011. Aloi is currently working on two monographs, one on taxidermy in contemporary art and another on plants in contemporary art, both due for publication in 2016.


Contemporary Art Explained

August 26, 2015

Posted in art history, art theory, classic art

Dr. Nausikaä El-Mecky

As an art historian, Nausikaä El-Mecky has always been fascinated by the unwritten rules governing art, a topic she explored in her PhD on Dangerous Art (University of Cambridge, 2013). She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the cultural heritage cluster at the heiEDUCATION project (Heidelberg University and PH University of Education) and a visiting fellow at the SFB Dynamics of Security research group at the Philipps University in Marburg, Germany. Here, aside from her work on the topic of Dangerous Art, she is developing new and innovative didactic approaches for art history. She has lectured at the University of Cambridge, Utrecht University, Kings College London and Freie Universität Berlin and has previously held a fellowship at Humboldt University, Berlin. Nausikaä El-Mecky has worked across a wide range of roles in the art world, from commercial to artistic, including the development of a new international art magazine, PR consultancy to various museums and galleries as well as the conceptualisation and execution of large-scale artistic events. Passionate about making art interesting and relevant for a wide range of audiences, her diversified background has provided her with intricate knowledge of the many complex forces that shape art history. 


Art History: Revolutionary Moments (Dubai)