Radhika Subramaniam is a writer, curator, and editor with an interdisciplinary practice that deploys such platforms as exhibitions, texts and public art interventions as conscious forms of knowledge-making. She is interested in the poetics and politics of crises and surprises, particularly urban crowds, cultures of catastrophe and human-animal relationships. She is Director/Chief Curator of the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center (SJDC) at The New School and Assistant Professor in the School of Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons School of Design. Previously Director of Cultural Programs at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, she was also founding executive editor of an interdisciplinary journal, Connect: Art. Politics. Theory. Practice published by Arts International. At The New School, she is a member of an interdisciplinary working group, the Multiple Mobilities Research Cluster, focused on political borderlands with particular attention to interspecies spaces. She has held an International Visiting Curatorship at Artspace Sydney, Australia (2017) a SEED Foundation Teaching Fellowship in urban studies at the San Francisco Art Institute (2012) and been an artist-in-residence at The Banff Centre, Canada (2014). She has a Masters in Anthropology and a PhD. in Performance Studies.
Her writing has appeared in catalogues, journals, edited volumes and magazines. Recent publications include Flyways (Star 82 Review, Issue 5.2, June 2017), Loose Connections (in Assuming Boycott: Resistance, Agency and Cultural Production, edited by Kareem Estefan, Carin Kuoni and Laura Raicovich, OR Books, 2017), Not as the Crow Flies (La.lit Vol. 7, Green Issue, Kathmandu, 2016), Small Acts, Forlorn Practices (in Activating Democracy, edited by Sheryl Oring, Intellect, 2016) and In Search of the Indian Cow (in History According to Cattle, edited by Laura Gustafsson and Terike Haapoja, Punctum Books, 2015). Select curatorial projects include Art in Odd Places: Number (2013) and Sign (2009, with Erin Donnelly), Cities, Art and Recovery (LMCC, 2005–2006), a major two-year international initiative focused on art and culture in the aftermath of catastrophe, #searchunderoccupy (2012, collaboratively curated), Art Environment Action! (2012), and Offense and Dissent: Image, Conflict, Belonging (2014, with Julia Foulkes and Mark Larrimore).