Dr Maryam Ohadi-Hamadani

Job title:

Lecturer, Modern and Contemporary Art of the Global Diasporas


Programme Director, MScR Collections and Curating Practices


Room 0.61, Higgitt Gallery, Hunter Building


Dr. Maryam Ohadi-Hamadani is an art historian and curator specialising in modern and contemporary art of the global diasporas, focussing on the postcolonial histories of African, Afro-Caribbean, Asian and Black British art in Britain and beyond. She earned her PhD at the University of Texas at Austin under the supervision of Dr. Eddie Chambers for her dissertation “The Commonwealth of Abstraction: Black Artists in London, 1948-72”(2019).  As a postdoctoral research associate at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven Connecticut, she co-curated the exhibition Bridget Riley: Perceptual Abstraction (2022), and has held numerous curatorial positions, including the Wichita Art Museum and the Ulrich Museum of Art, in Wichita, Kansas, USA; the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, USA; and Tate Liverpool, UK. Maryam has published widely on diasporic artists including Denis Williams, Frank Bowling, and the Caribbean Artists Movement.


Maryam specialises on modern and contemporary art of the global diasporas, with a particular emphasis on the post-war and postcolonial histories of African, Afro-Caribbean, Asian, and Black British art within Britain and beyond. Her research examines the socio-political, cultural and aesthetic contexts of modern and contemporary art in Britain including the histories of immigration, decolonial, anti-colonial and diasporic thought, postcolonial criticisms of existential-humanism, and the social function of modern and contemporary art and visual culture within the discourses surrounding the politics of abstraction and representation.