John Tain

Above: John Tain. Photo: Courtesy the curator

John Tain is an art historian and Curator of the 2024 Lahore Biennale. As Head of Research at Asia Art Archive (AAA, 2017-2023), his projects included AAA’s contribution to documenta fifteen (2022); the Art Schools of Asia seminar and symposium (2021-22); the exhibition Crafting Communities (2020), devoted to Thailand-based Womanifesto; and MAHASSA (Modern Art Histories in and across Africa, and South and Southeast Asia, 2019-2020), a collaboration with the Dhaka Art Summit and the Institute for Comparative Modernities at Cornell University. He has served as a series editor for Afterall’s Exhibition Histories, and is a co-editor for the Intersecting Modernisms project, with Pamela Corey, Iftikhar Dadi, Salah Hassan, Mari-Carmen Ramirez, and Ming Tiampo. He also serves as an advisor for Asia Forum, an ongoing collateral event at the Venice Biennale. He was previously a curator for modern and contemporary collections at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles (2007-2017).

Curator Talk: John Tain

John Tain's research and travel is supported by Adelaide Contemporary Experimental, Arts South Australia in partnership with Artspace and Keir Foundation.