Aziz Sohail is an art curator, writer and researcher, who has presented his work in the USA, Europe, South Asia and the Middle East. He has been a curator-in-residence at The New Art Gallery Walsall, England (2015) and the Nepal Picture Library (2019) and was part of the Curatorial Intensive South Asia 2018 program at Khoj in New Delhi and the Young Curators Academy in Herbstsalon 2019 at Maxim Gorki Theater. He has worked with organizations such as the British Council and the Lahore Biennale Foundation to build new cultural initiatives and spaces. As a South Asia Fellow at Cornell University in 2017, he began a long term project building an archive of cultural and visual production in Karachi from the 1990s through today which led to an exhibition-symposium at the Sharjah Art Foundation (2019).
Sohail’s curatorial practice is particularly invested in promoting under-researched histories and building interdisciplinary connections between art, history, archive, fiction, theory and biography. His current research focus is a meditation on the longue-duree intersections of sexuality and colonialism with migration, law and identity, particularly for individuals from the Global South as they navigate empire(s) and its afterlives. His ongoing curatorial publishing platform, SCROLL, initiates exhibitions in the form of print by bringing together diverse voices from across the Global South; future issues are being developed in collaboration with Colomboscope (2019, 2021) and Experimenter (2020). Sohail is currently an MFA Candidate in Art (Critical and Curatorial Studies) at University of California, Irvine, supported by a fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council.