Nida Ghouse

Nida Ghouse is a writer and curator. She is Visiting Lecturer at the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities at Princeton University for Spring 2022. With Vic Brooks, she received the 2021 Andy Warhol Foundation curatorial fellowship for the exhibition Shifting Center at EMPAC, upcoming in 2023. She curated A Slightly Curving Place at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (2020), in the framework of An Archaeology of Sound, a collaborative project responding to the acoustic archaeologist Umashankar Manthravadi. The project travels to Alserkal Arts Foundation (2021-22) and encompasses ‘Coming to Know,’ a discursive programme with Brooke Holmes; ‘A Supplementary Country Called Cinema,’ a film programme with Surabhi Sharma; and An Archaeology of listening, a publication series with Archive Books. She previously co-curated La presencia del sonido at Botín Foundation (2012), was part of the exhibition Anarchéologie at Centre Pompidou (2017) and has a collection of writing on listening. Ghouse has co-curated Parapolitics: Cultural Freedom and the Cold War (2017) at Haus der Kulturen der Welt and co-edited its accompanying publication (Sternberg Press, 2021). Her work ‘Lotus Notes’ which started with Mada Masr has since appeared in multiple text and talk formats. Her engagement with Hassan Khan’s practice has taken shape in a two-week event ‘14 Proper Nouns,’ as well as artist seminars, writing workshops, conversations and essays like ‘The Loss of Tokyo.’ Ghouse’s collaborative projects include Emotional
Architecture with Malak Helmy, and Take to the Sea with Lina Attalah and Laura Cugusi, first presented at Manifesta 8 (2010) and later nominated by Bassam El Baroni for the Vera List Center Prize (2014). The question of what an exhibition can be is a preoccupation manifest in her curatorial projects, such as Untitled Exhibition #1 with Padmini Chettur, Desert of Images with Melik Ohanian, Bartered Collections with
CONA Foundation, and Rehearsing the Witness with Zuleikha Chaudhari. She began her practice through a curatorial programme at Townhouse Gallery in Cairo, and once served as director of an experimental exhibition space Mumbai Art Room. Her writing has been featured in numerous periodicals, as well as in the publications of MuKHA, New Museum, Palazzo Grassi, the 56th and 58th Venice Biennale, Van Abbemuseum, among others. Her text ‘From the Resistance to the Clouds: on panning to the sky’ is forthcoming with Ashkal Alwan’s publishing platform Perpetual Postponement.

Nida Ghouse