Asha Iman Veal

Associate Curator

Asha Iman Veal is Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Photography. Her recent exhibitions Beautiful Diaspora/You Are Not the Lesser Part and LOVE: Still Not the Lesser brought together cross-diasporic conversations between global artists Xyza Cruz Bacani, Widline Cadet, Cog•nate Collective, Sunil Gupta, Kelvin Haizel, Ngadi Smart, and more; and celebrations of love and desire by Jorian Charlton, Jess T. Dugan, Mous Lamrabat, and more.

She has curated exhibitions for the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the MSU Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum by Zaha Hadid (forthcoming), and Hyde Park Art Center. Her biennial exhibition and radio-broadcast public program series RAISIN vol 1. commissioned several new artworks and generated community among more than 30 global artists including Işıl Eğrikavuk, Amanda Williams, and Tintin Wulia; and was featured by international cultural organizations such as Pakhuis de Zwijger Amsterdam and Istituto Italiano di Cultura Chicago. She has separately worked on projects and/or arts research in New York, Tokyo, Havana, Vietnam, Edinburgh, Darby/London, Berlin, Juárez, and Chicago.

Asha Iman additionally bridges interdisciplinary relationships between the arts, human rights, and international affairs sectors through her role as a Senior Fellow of Humanity in Action (EU/UK/US), member of the BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Network (Global Table), and a Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ Emerging Leader. She is also a board member of Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago. Veal earned her BA at New York University’s Gallatin School, MFA Creative Writing at The New School, and MA Arts Administration and Policy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.