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Radha Mahendru


Radha Mahendru is a researcher, curator and creative practitioner. Locating her practice at the intersection of art, advocacy and activism, her work opens out forms of engagement that art can produce outside of the exhibition space. Till recently she was the Senior Curator & Program Manager at Khoj, where she conceptualised, planned and executed residencies, exhibitions and seminars, and led socially engaged art practice, public programming and fundraising projects. She was the lead curator of Aesthetic Warfare: Digital Earth, Khirkee Festival, and Landscape as Evidence : Artist as Witness. Other recent curatorial projects include This Must Be True, Asia Assemble, Voices from the Margins, Khirkee Voice and The Khirkee Storytelling Project. She is the co-author of The Horizon Is An Imaginary Line, a semi-fictional graphic novel about a young Somali woman’s encounters as a refugee in India. Trained as a filmmaker at the Srishti School of Art and Design, Bangalore, she has previously worked with oral history archives and provided film and video support to grassroots organisations towards their advocacy work. Focusing her research on the productive overlaps between ecology, gender and digital humanities, she is currently imagining how we can weaponise our digital habits to disrupt algorithmic echo chambers.