Swapnaa Tamhane is an artist and curator. She has a BA Art History from Carleton University, Ottawa, MA in Contemporary Art from The University of Manchester, and an MFA in Fibres & Material Practices, Concordia University, Montreal. Curated exhibitions include “In Order to Join – the Political in a Historical Moment,” an exhibition of global feminisms held at Städtisches Museum Abteiberg Mönchengladbach, Germany (2014), and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai, India (2015). The focus of this exhibition was the artist Rummana Hussain (1957-1999), whose work defined a feminist Muslim experience in post-Partition India. She has been a Research Fellow with the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (2009), and an International Fellow with the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (2013). Her interests extend to decolonizing the distinctions between art, craft, and design, which led to the publication of SĀR: The Essence of Indian Design, published by Phaidon Press (2016), co-authored by Tamhane and designer Rashmi Varma.
She has been an Editor at Phaidon Press, London (2002-2006), Assistant Curator at The Power Plant, Toronto, and a Producer of Contemporary Art Projects at Luminato Festival. She has been a guest curator at Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, and Aga Khan Museum, Toronto. She has taught Drawing at Concordia University, and will be teaching Curatorial Studies at the University of Toronto in 2021. She is currently curating “Constitutions”, an exhibition that looks at caste and labour in the work of five artists from India. This exhibition will be held at Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University, Montreal, November 2021.