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Mario D’Souza

Mario D’Souza
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Mario D’Souza is a curator and writer. He was formerly a curator at KHOJ. His research interests include political imaginaries, the nation building project, cultures and aesthetics of dissent, public acts of assembling, legal and extra-legal systems, evidence, and truth. Mario is interested in emerging contemporary practices in the ‘Global South’ aligning South East Asia, South and West Asia, Africa and South America. In 2019, he contributed to how to reappear: through the quivering leaves of independent publishing curated by Ala Younis and Maha Maamoun at the Beirut Art Center. In the capacity of a curator, he has worked with several arts organisations and creative practitioners and as an arts administrator, he has headed the research and documentation teams of various bodies in the Indian arts and culture sector. His exhibitions with KHOJ include This Must be True, that he co-curated in 2019, along with projects like ‘Evidence Room’ (2017) and ‘Turn of the Tide’ (2018). He was on the curatorial team for the 5th edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, 2020. He holds a Master’s in Art History and Aesthetics from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda and a BA in Literature from St. Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad.