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Rakhee Balaram

IMG_4552-5 Rakhee Balaram is Assistant Professor of Art & Art History at University at Albany, State University of New York. In 2015-2016, she is an Art Histories Fellow at the Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin, Germany. She has previously taught the history of art at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and at the University of Warwick. She is currently working on two book-length projects, Decolonizing the Modern: Amrita Sher-Gil, Rabindranath Tagore and the Global Avant-Garde, a paradigmatic reassessment of two major Indian artists in the wake of global modernism, and Counterpractice: Psychoanalysis, Politics and the Art of ‘French Feminism’, or an alternative history of art in France after May ’68. In 2011-2012, she was curator of Fragility, a large-scale exhibition focusing on contemporary Indian art and politics in Gurgaon, India. The exhibition has led to a long-term research project, Postcolonialism and the Politics of Touch: Contemporary Indian Art and the New Sensorial. She is co-editor, along with Partha Mitter and Parul Dave-Mukherji, of a comprehensive survey of modern and contemporary Indian art, 20th-Century Indian Art (forthcoming, Skira). Balaram holds double doctorates in French Literature from Cambridge University and the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London.

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