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Asha Iman Veal

Associate Curator, Museum of Contemporary Photography

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Asha Iman Veal is a curator of contemporary visual arts, focusing on interdisciplinary projects that advocate cross-cultural solidarity across geographic or political distances. Her recent exhibitions include RAISIN (Chicago Architecture Biennial 2021), which explores the global proliferation of a narrative-based artwork that has encouraged dialogues on justice in cities across the world. Beautiful Diaspora / You Are Not the Lesser Part (Museum of Contemporary Photography 2022) instigates deep thinking about parallel experiences and relationships between global artists of color. She possesses broad research of arts organization models and contemporary projects, touring art ecologies and/or working in New York, Tokyo, Berlin, Havana, Vietnam, Edinburgh, Juárez, Chicago, and more.

In her additional appointment, Veal is on the arts administration and policy graduate and undergraduate faculty at School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is also a Humanity in Action Landecker Democracy Senior Fellow (EU/UK/USA), and a BMW Foundation Responsible Leader (North America Region/Global Table). She began her career as a core staff member of the V-Day global movement to end violence against women and girls in New York and has organized arts and advocacy projects nationally and internationally. Veal earned her BA at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, an MFA in creative writing at The New School, and an MA in arts administration and policy from SAIC.