Writer; researcher; curator; professor

Lund, Sweden

Sarat Maharaj

Sarat Maharaj’s research and publications cover cultural translation and difference, textiles, sonics, visual art as knowledge production (“visual art as know-how and no-how”), Richard Hamilton, Marcel Duchamp, and James Joyce. He is Professor of Visual Arts and Knowledge Systems at Malmö Art Academy/Lund University, in Sweden, and a research professor at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he taught art history and theory from 1980 to 2005. Born in apartheid South Africa, Maharaj is currently working on what he refers to as a “project” titled Ignorantitis Sapiens: The Knowledge/Non-knowledge/Ignorance Virus in a Pansophic Age. He was the chief curator of Pandemonium—Art in a Time of Creativity Fever at the Röda Sten gallery, as part of the 6th Gothenburg International Biennale, in Sweden. He was a co-curator on Okwui Enwezor’s team for Documenta XI, Farewell to Postcolonialism, Guangzhou, and the 29th São Paolo Biennial, as well as a curatorial advisor for the 2012 Sharjah Biennial.