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Amin Alsaden

Sessional Lecturer

Amin is a curator, scholar, and educator whose work focuses on the transnational exchanges of ideas and expertise across cultural boundaries. Currently the Nancy McCain and Bill Morneau Curatorial Fellow at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, his curatorial practice is committed to disseminating inclusive narratives that challenge existing canons and hegemonic epistemological and power structures. He is particularly interested in questions of space, and the manner in which artists ponder individual and collective experiences in the public realm, level institutional critique, and envision novel mapping methods, in relation to questions of belonging, migration, and displacement. His research explores modern and contemporary art and architecture in the Global South, with a recently completed doctoral dissertation on post-WWII Baghdad, which investigated a crucible moment when the city became a locus of unprecedented encounters, contributing to the profound transformation of art and architecture globally all the while engendering unique local movements. His work often involves the documentation of endangered heritage, and examines how precarious archives and scarce resources shape incomplete and lopsided global narratives. Alsaden holds a PhD and an MA from Harvard University, an MArch from Princeton University, and a BArch from the American University of Sharjah. He has practiced as a designer at various international firms, such as OMA and MVRDV in the Netherlands, and has published and lectured widely.