• Name Mila Samdub
  • Country India

Mila studied creative writing at the undergraduate level. He worked as a curator and programmes manager at Khoj International Artists’ Association. He is currently an independent researcher and curator.
BA Written arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, USA, 2015
Completed a 20,000 word oral history as a thesis project, exploring Tibetan food as a means of writing a feminist history of modern Tibet
Professional Experience
July 2017 – December 2018
Khoj International Artists’ Association, New Delhi – Programmes Manager and Curator
Responsibilities: Conceptualizing and running residencies and exhibitions, writing curatorial notes, working with artists in residence, managing communications, exhibition design, fundraising. Co-curated the residencies Coriolis Effect 3: The Indian Ocean World and Art + Science, the gathering Asia Assemble and the exhibition 20/20 Turn of the Tide. Assistant editor of the publication Hence (Un)Proven: Reflections on Art and Science. Co-curated the exhibition This Must Be True, January 2019.
January 2017 – June 2017
Khoj International Artists’ Association, New Delhi – Khoj Fellow
Responsibilities: Assisting in curatorial programmes, creating design collateral for events and programmes, working with artists in residence.
August 2016 – November 2016
Dharamshala International Film Festival, Dharamshala – Digital Media Assistant
Responsibilities: Managing communications, creating design collateral, designing venue signages.

Selected Publications

But does their form have an essence: on actually existing modernism, Chiragh Dilli, February 2019
How to Do Things With Modernist Architecture, Art India, Vol 22 Issue 3, December 2018
True to Form, Report of the exhibition “When Is Space?” at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Art India, Vol 22 Issue 1, April 2018
Model Citizens, Real Life Magazine, February 2018
Troubled Destinies, Indian Cultural Forum, October 2017
Selected Research Projects
Delhi Modernism
My project on Delhi modernism began as a photographic project based on Instagram and has since spread into many domains. I have written essays on modernist architecture and its representations in contemporary art. Most of this research has addressed how we can today approach these buildings and the bygone temporality they represent. Is it possible to look at these buildings in a way that disturbs the common sense of the present?
Reframing Evidence
2018 – present
This project began with my involvement in Landscape as Evidence: Artist as Witness at Khoj International Artists’ Association, which presented artworks as evidence in a legal setting. Since then, I have co-curated the exhibition This Must Be True at Khoj, which attempted to expand our understanding of evidence-based artistic practices. I am currently working on a research project that attempts to reframe the evidentiary turn in contemporary art not as only a juridical phenomenon but also within the globally ascendant developmental paradigm of evidence-based policy.

Associated Programmes