Since 2013, Jareh Das has been working with Arts Catalyst as an AHRC funded Ph.D. student in Curating Art and Science partnered with the Geography department of Royal Holloway, University of London.
Her doctoral research focuses on performing bodies, audience witnessing, and pain-based practices used by artists. It considers performances that resists clear categorisations, for example, focusing on live works that operate at the intersections of art and science, encompassing the medical, cultural and social.
Her thesis, Bearing Witness: On performing and documenting pain in Performance Art, explores what it means to 'bear witness' to contemporary performance art. Through a series of artists case studies, she considers how pain is perceived and seen within this context. It also seeks to address the resistance and problems associated with theorising the experience of pain within performance art.
Das previously spent time in the Middle East working as an Artist Liaison at Etemad Gallery, Dubai and from 2009-2011 worked between London and Middlesbrough at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art as part of the Royal College of Art, London practice-based MA in Curating Contemporary Art.
Recent curated exhibitions include Performing Memetics at SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin and Ubi Sunt, a group exhibition of emerging and established artists which created an experiential environment in a disused chapel in South London. She has also worked on curatorial projects at 176 Zabludowicz Collection, ACME Project Space, London and participated in the Manchester International Festival, 2011.
She has written for various publications in the UK and internationally which include Bomb Magazine, Kaleidoscope, Harper's Bazaar Art Arabia, This is Tomorrow, Arty, Contemporary Practices, The STATE, Aesthetica, FAD Art News, MOJEH, Paper Journal and Wonderland Magazine.
Jareh can be contacted at jareh.das (at) artscatalyst (dot) org