Ketemu Project | Tulika Ahuja
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Tulika Ahuja

Curator, Singapore

Residency dates: 28 June – 12 July 2019

Tulika is a curator and writer interested in pop culture, accessibility and the masses. She is currently developing her curatorial practice in Singapore and Asia with a keen interest in the intersection of art and technology. Her journey as a curator is a study into building well-rounded spaces that can activate viewers of art through sensorial touch-points like audio, olfactory, lighting, gamification and immersive, reactive media. Since 2016, she has worked with arts and culture practitioners in various curatorial, programming and mentorship capacities. These include The MeshMinds Foundation, Singapore International Film Festival, Goethe-Institut Singapore, Singapore Art Museum, The Projector, Singapore Writers Festival and Galerie Michael Janssen. Her projects range numerous exhibitions (solo and group exhibitions), public programmes and events, film reviews and commercial art commissions. More recently, her work with MeshMinds 2.0, an art and technology for good showcase at ArtScience Museum, involved research into building better societies. Through art as a storytelling tool, Tulika studied how artists and visitors alike responded to issues of people and the planet.

Previously, she was the curator of Kult Gallery, during which some of her most notable exhibitions were conceptualized. Highlights include a solo show with American bootleg toymaker The Sucklord (2018), and fostering collaborations between the artist and second and third generation bootleg toy makers in Asia to map their diverse cultural practices. Other noteworthy group exhibitions include WORD: an art show examining what it means to be a writer, PUSAKAL: a Philippines-centered street art show and Dune, a sci-fi group art show re-telling the story of Frank Herbert’s universe through virtual reality, sculpture, original storyboard art from the 1980s and a DIY novel-exhibition text.

Her writing on film has appeared in the National Museum Cinematheque Quarterly, Singapore International Film Festival, and a self-published zine, titled Worship. 

Tulika graduated with a degree in Communications and Art History from Nanyang Technological University in 2016. In January 2019, she was a finalist in the Curator category for the IMPART Art Awards.