Rahaab Allana

Rahaab Allana is Curator/Publisher of the Alkazi Foundation for the Arts in New Delhi; Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society in London and Honorary Research

Fellow at the University College, London (November 2018 onwards). He currently serves on the Advisory Committees of the Foundation for International Dialogue (Rome); the India International Center, New Delhi; the Kaladarshan Art Committee, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi; and is Advisory/Juror for the prestigious Prix Pictet Award, London/Switzerland/Paris; The Mack Book Award (London); as well as the Chennai Photo Biennale (India). He was previously on the Cultural Committee of the Alliance Francaise de Delhi for 2 years.

After completing his MA from SOAS in London with a first degree in 2000, he had an early engagement as a Curator at the National Gallery of Modern Art (New Delhi), and has subsequently curated, edited and contributed to national and international publications, working closely in Museums and galleries such as The Brunei Gallery (London), Rencontres d'Arles (Espace Van Gogh, France), The Folkwang, Photography Museum (Berlin), the Rubin Museum (New York), Banco de Brazil (Rio), the Royal Fine Art Museum (Brussels) as well as National Museum, Delhi; The British Council, New Delhi; the Bhau Daji Lad City Museum in Mumbai where he teaches an annual, diploma course on the History of Photography in India. Rahaab has delivered lectures on photography most recently in Paris (July 2018) at the prestigious European Council for South Asian Studies. In the UK, he recently was Consulting Curator for the exhibition titled Illuminating India, Photography 1857-2017 (October 2017 – March 2018) at the Science Museum, London

Rahaab is the author of a publication on World Heritage Sites, titled Inherited Spaces, Inhabited Places (2010) produced by the Ministry of External Affairs; and has been Guest Editor for reputable publications such as Marg (Aperture and Identity) and the Lalit Kala Akademi (Depth of Field) in 2009 and 2012 respectively, looking at the history of art and photography in India. He has written and edited several volumes on photography for the Alkazi Collection for Mapin publishers as well. His forthcoming essay on the History of 'Photography and Museum Practices' will be published later this year as part of an edited volume by the renowned art critic, Gayatri Sinha; and he is currently working on a Photography Reader for S. Asia.In an educational capacity, Rahaab is also the Founding Editor of PIX, one of India’s first theme-based photography quarterlies and exhibitionary platform supported by the Goethe Institute (India), and from time to time by the Japan Foundation, Pro Helvetia, ICCR and British Council, with issues devoted to unseen works and new writings from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Nepal and India. Having showcased over 30 exhibitions of these issues around various socio-cultural themes, the forthcoming, 16th issue, is a Special one dedicated to the theme of 'Citizen'. The last issue was released with a panel discussion and presentation in July 2018 at the Prince of Wales Museum (CSMV, Mumbai) dedicated to education and student work from South Asia.As a collector in his own right he has co-authored and published a book from renowned collections of Cinema stills and ephemera, titled Filmi Jagat: Shared Universe of Early Hindi Cinema (Niyogi Books), exploring a subculture of photography and print media through a found scrapbook; and he also showcased a solo exhibition of his own photographs, taken over the last 12 years of his experiences related to heritage in India and South Asia, entitled Worlds of Difference at the Romain Rolland Gallery, Alliance Francaise, Delhi, April in 2010.