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Mandy Merzaban

Mandy Merzaban

Artist, Writer & Curator

London, England

I am an independent arts writer, curator and research artist with over ten years experience in organising exhibitions of modern and contemporary art of underrepresented regions of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

I have both led and participated in the organisation of over twenty exhibitions including shows at Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, Whitechapel Gallery in London, Institut du monde Arabe in Paris, Singapore Art Museum and the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, among others.

My on-going research and writing critically analyses practices of diversity and inclusion in the art world through decolonial feminist thinking, artistic methodologies and auto-ethnography. My academic research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) considers the underlying power dynamics that script the ways inclusivity and exclusion take shape in the global art world. Based on practical regionally engaged experience, my expertise in this area of research draws on my work as a collections curator based in emerging, neo-liberal art sectors Arab Gulf.

My recent research art practice looks at colonial legacies of botanical specimens taken from the Middle East and North Africa as a way to de-neutralise perceptions of horticulture.


  • Research Assistant (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • External Thesis Examiner (University of Guelph)
  • Intern (Art Dubai)
  • Artist In Residence (Alserkal)
  • Founding Curator (Barjeel Art Foundation)


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