Zara Arshad

Zara Arshad

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Scholarly biography

I am a researcher and curator interested in twentieth- and twenty first-century material and visual culture, liminal spaces, speculative histories, and design futures. I have previously lived in South Korea, China, Syria and Indonesia. Currently, I am a doctoral researcher based between the University of Brighton and Victoria and Albert Museum; a university lecturer; half of the studio Geofictions with media artist Yaloo; and a Governing Board Member of yáo collaborative (formerly China Residencies). Learn more:

Research interests

My PhD research project entails investigating the collection and display of Korean craft and design at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (1980-2004).

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor, Design (Hons), Goldsmiths, University of London

Master, History of Design, Royal College of Art

External positions

Governing Board Member, China Residencies

Trustee & Communications Officer, Design History Society


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