Haema Sivanesan - International Curator-in-Residence
Haema Sivanesan is currently an Associate Curator at the Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, where she is developing the program direction, models and policies for the Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan, opening in 2016. She has held leadership and curatorial positions in centres and galleries across Canada, as well as in Australia. She was previously Executive Director at Centre A (Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art) (2011-2013), Executive Director of SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre), Toronto (2006-2011), and Assistant Curator of Asian Art at the Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, Australia (1996-2004). Her curatorial work typically focuses on art from South and Southeast Asia and its diasporas, with an interest in non-western and post-colonial world views and practices. She has curated several large scale exhibitions and independent projects, including as a zone curator for Nuit Blanche, Toronto (2008), and for the Commonwealth Games Cultural Festival, Melbourne (2006). She was the curator of "(the heart that has no love/pain/generosity is not a heart)" by Jayce Salloum and Khadim Ali which toured to venues across Canada and abroad, and was awarded the Images Prize at the 23rd Images Festival, 2010 (Toronto).