Geeta Kapur is a critic and curator living in New Delhi. Her writings include artists’ monographs, exhibition catalogues, the book Contemporary Indian Artists (Delhi, 1978), and a set of widely anthologised essays on art, film and cultural theory in national and Third World contexts, published under the title When was Modernism: Essays on Contemporary Cultural Practice in India (Delhi, 2000). Another collection of essays, framed by a critical contemporaneity and titled Iconographies for the Present (Delhi, forthcoming 2007), deals with representational, mediatic and curatorial practices within (Indian) metropolitan culture.
Her curatorial work includes, besides several exhibitions in India, the co-curated Bombay/Mumbai for the multi-part exhibition, Century City: Art and Culture in the Modern Metropolis, at Tate Modern, London, 2001; and subTerrain: artworks in the cityfold at the House of World Cultures, Berlin, 2003. She was a member of the International Jury of the 51st Venice Biennale and of the 9th Dakar Biennale, 2006.
She is one of the founder-editors of Journal of Arts & Ideas and advisory editor to Third Text and Marg. She has lectured world-wide in university and museum contexts, and held Fellowships at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Delhi, the Jawaharlal Nehru University and the University of Delhi.