Adwait Singh (b. 1992) is a New Delhi-based curator and theorist engaging affective historiography, queer epistemology, and autochthonous cosmologies with the view to qualify predominant understandings and modes of relating to the world. Shortly after completing their second Master's at Goldsmiths, they seized the opportunity to be a part of the Students' Biennale 2016 and have since facilitated different art projects and workshops for/with young artistic practitioners across the country for various non-profits. Theirs is an integrative practice that seeks to promote collective care, commensality, and dialogue within the arts ecology. Recent curatorial projects include 'Mutarerium' which interrogated the terminology of the Anthropocene through a trifecta of concomitant, more-than-human evolutionary timelines at the Mumbai Art Room (Mumbai, 2019) and 'Caressing History' — a group show investigating the possibility of a para-textual, embodied historiography at Prameya Art Foundation (New Delhi, 2018). They have been appointed as the curator of the 5th edition of the Mardin Biennial (2022).

 

As an art writer Adwait has been devoting their energies documenting and theorising independent exhibitions and alternative art practices.

 Education
Awards
  • 2014-2015  MA Contemporary Art Theory, Goldsmiths,                       London

  • 2013-2014  MA History and Philosophy of Art,

                          Universityof Kent, Canterbury

  • 2010-2013  BA (Hons) History, Hans Raj College,

                          Delhi University

  • 2008-2010  Higher Secondary School Certificate (AISSE)                     D.P.S.  R.K. Puram, New Delhi 

  • Have been awarded the CLICK Residency in Sofia by the Art Affairs and Documents Foundation and the Goethe-Institute Bulgaria in association with the Credo Bonum Gallery for July-August 2019.

  • Have been awarded a curatorial grant by Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation to realize a project at Mumbai Art Room in June- August 2019.

  • Have been awarded an International Research Programme (Visual Arts) grant by The Danish Arts Foundation in 2017.

  • Have been awarded the Art Scribes Award 2017 by the Prameya Art Foundation comprising a month-long residency at La Napoule Art Foundation (France), in a lead up to an exhibition in New Delhi in 2018.

  • Was invited for a residency at FRANK, Oslo in March, 2017.

  • Was featured in the top international young curators list, in Vogue Art Report 2016 (India).

  • Was offered a Country Scholarship by the University of Glasgow for the academic year 2014-15 (declined).

Projects

  • June – August 2019: 'Mutererium' – a project with emerging artists Mustafa Khanbhai, Priyanka D’Souza and Waylon D’Souza at Mumbai Art Room that examines other-than-human evolutionary timelines, taking the sixth extinction as its point of departure.

  • Oct – Nov 2018 : 'Babur ki Gai' – a group exhibition at Latitude 28 and Art District 13 exploring the artistic employment of mythopoeisis and fictioning in the service of historical reconstruction/ reclamation. 

  • April – May 2018 : 'Caressing History' – a group show   investigating the possibility for a body-based historiography at Shrine Empire Gallery, New Delhi.

  • Feb – March 2018 : 'Rendering Multitudes: Bhagyanath Chandroth & Piyali Ghosh, Gallery Latitude 28, New Delhi.

  • July, Oct – Nov 2017 : 'Dissensus' – a group show with artists from Southeast Asia and beyond, deploying the aesthetic  of traditional miniature painting and the inherent politics of scale to showcase a micro-poetics of the stakes borne by civilians whose concerns are overlooked by mainstream media-narratives governed by dominant political regimes. Presented by Latitude28 at the Bikaner House and Punjab Lalitkala Akademi.

  • March 2017 : ‘Synapse’ – an interim group show at the culmination of the curatorial residency at Le château de La Napoule, France which materialised sites/shrines where a connection to the largest living assemblage, Gaia could be presenced.

  • Feb 2017 – March 2017 : ‘G/rove’ – an international group show   examining the mythopoetic imperative of non-anthropocentric modalities of planet sharing  at Gallery Latitude 28, New Delhi.

  • Dec 2016 – March 2017  :  The Students’ Biennale 2016, Kochi

  • Sep – Oct 2016 : 'Forlorn Foe: Khadim Ali', Gallery Latitude 28, New Delhi.

  • Oct 2016 : Reenactment as a mode of ‘reading’ – a performance art workshop with students from Banaras Hindu University and Shiv Nadar University, Varanasi.

  • July  – Sep 2016 : 'The Surface of Memory: Sudipta Das', Gallery Latitude 28

  • July 2016 : The Falling Leaf: On Entropic Currents (a collaborative proposition by the students from College of Art, New Delhi), Gallery Latitude 28, New Delhi.