Image Description: A color photo of a South Asian woman, smiling, with shoulder length black hair, wearing a white shirt, and black jacket,  standing in front of a blurry background.

Varda Nisar  

Varda Nisar is a mother, daughter, sister, and a Public Scholar (2022-23). She has been actively involved in centring art education and community outreach in her former role as the founder of a children’s art festival in Karachi and later as the head of educational programming for the Karachi Biennale. While in Montreal, she has consistently tried to foreground the work of artists from Pakistan and South Asia, most recently in 2022, when she organized and moderated the discussion,The Logic of Postcolonial Museums: South Asia Edition, representing the diversity of approaches and concerns around South Asian museums.

Participant in the following FMS projects

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PhD Candidate, Department of Art History, Concordia University




Missing Contexts and Flattened Narratives: Nalini Malini’s Crossing Boundaries reviewed,” Rungh Magazine, 10(4), 2023.  

Opinion: Montreal museums lag on inclusion of South Asians,” Montreal Gazette, 6th September 2022,  

A Conversation with Ruby Chishti: Reflections on Gender, Trauma, Displacement, and the Futurity of Art in a Post Pandemic World,” co-authored with Kanwal Syed, Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas  (Fall 2020): 6 (3), Fall 2021. 

A study of Complexities and Contradictions within Pakistan National Monument, Islamabad. Prof. Vasant Shinde Felicitation volume: Culture, Tradition and Continuity: Disquisitions in Honor of Prof. Vasant Shinde (2020): 803-813. 


Co-curator, re* imagining / créer / building / faire / mapping / connaissance /…, FOFA Gallery and Webester Library, Concordia University, Apr-Jun 2023  
Co-curator, The Concise Museum, 4th Space, Concordia University, March 2023 

Curator, It’s a Material World, a group show, Art Chowk The Gallery, Karachi, Aug 2014 Curator, Oxford University Press Pakistan Museum, Karachi, Pakistan, 2012-13