Hammad Nasar: “Excessive Enthusiasms: Building Archives and Fueling Practices”
Hammad Nasar discusses the significance of preserving, building, and sharing digital archives of Asian art at the 2015 Arts & Museum Summit.
Hammad Nasar, head of research and programs at Asia Art Archive, began his tenure in Hong Kong in September 2012. Previously, he was the curatorial director of the London-based arts organization Green Cardamom, which he cofounded. He was a fellow of the Clore Leadership Programme, a research fellow at Goldsmiths College, London, and arts director for the Festival of Muslim Cultures in the United Kingdom, 2006–2007. Nasar has worked extensively as a curator and cocurator on a number of projects, including Karkhana: A Contemporary Collaboration at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut, and the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, 2005–2007; Safavids Revisited at the British Museum, London, 2009; Where Three Dreams Cross: 150 Years of Photography from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, and Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, 2010; Beyond the Page: Miniature as Attitude in Contemporary Art from Pakistan at the Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, 2010; and Lines of Control: Partition as a Productive Space at the Johnson Museum at Cornell University, 2012, and the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, 2013. Prior to entering the art world, Nasar worked as a management consultant and banker.