Installation view of Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, October 1, 2016–January 22, 2017. © 2016 The Museum of Modern Art. Shown: Reena Saini Kallat. Woven Chronicle. 2011/16. Photo: Jonathan Muzikar.


Insecurities: Walk-through with Curator Sean Anderson and Sharmini Pereira

January 11, 2017
Museum of Modern Art

11 W 53rd St
New York, NY

A walk-through of MoMA’s current exhibition, Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter, led by curator Sean Anderson and Sharmini Pereira, independent curator and director of Raking Leaves. For over 60 million persons in the world today, shelter is defined through constant movement or escape. This exhibition explored the ways in which contemporary art, architecture, and design have addressed notions of shelter in light of global refugee emergencies. Artists and architects from Asia participating in this exhibition included Shigeru Ban, Do Ho Suh, Reena Saini Kallat, Tiffany Chung, and T. Shanaathanan about whose project Sharmini Pereira discussed in depth.

Sean Anderson is Associate Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. A Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, he has degrees in architectural design and architectural history from Cornell University, Princeton University, and a Ph.D in art history from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has practiced as an architect and taught in Afghanistan, Australia, India, Italy, Morocco, Sri Lanka, and the U.A.E. His book Modern Architecture and its Representation in Colonial Eritrea was published in 2015.

Sharmini Pereira is an independent curator and founder/director of two internationally recognized Sri Lankan based organizations, Raking Leaves, an award winning curatorial organization, which commissions and publishes book projects with international artists, and the Sri Lanka Archive of Contemporary Art, Architecture and Design. Established in 2013, the Archive is dedicated to collecting materials in English, Tamil and Sinhala related to the development of art, architecture and design in Sri Lanka. In 2014 she curated the Garden of Ideas – Contemporary Art from Pakistan as Guest Curator for the opening exhibition of the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto.

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This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.