Sadia Shirazi is a independent curator, writer and architect. She is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Art History and Visual Studies at Cornell University and teaches at the New School in New York.
Shirazi holds a BA from the University of Chicago and an MArch from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She was a Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art, an artist-in-residence at the Art & Law Program (2015) and Yaddo (2016) in New York. Recent curatorial projects include welcome to what we took from is the state (The Queens Museum, New York, 2016), 230 MB / Exhibition Without Objects (Khoj International Artists’ Association, New Delhi, 2013), 136 MB / Exhibition Without Objects (The Drawing Room, Lahore, 2012), and Foreclosed. Between Crisis and Possibility (The Kitchen, New York, 2011). Shirazi has presented her work at Cambridge University and her writing has been commissioned by C Magazine, Independent Curators International (ICI), ArteEast, Sarai Reader and Bidoun.
Shirazi's research focuses on modern and contemporary art and architecture. Her dissertation examines translation, untranslatability and withdrawal in global art practices that draw from architecture, abstraction and new media. Her research interests include Theories of Translation, Architecture and Urbanism, Media Theory, Postcolonial Theory, Black Critical Theory, Gender Theory and Performance Studies. Shirazi has received a Fulbright (2016-17) and will be traveling to India where she will be affiliated with the School of Art and Aesthetics at Jawarhalal Nehru University (JNU). She is also the recipient of Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowships (2014-15; 2015-16).