Green Cardamom to close London gallery, move to Hong Kong

Currently London-based curatorial organisation Green Cardamom will shift location and programming focus in the second half of 2012.

In August 2012, curatorial collective Green Cardamom is closing its London Gallery space in anticipation of a move to Hong Kong. The decision to at least temporarily suspend its gallery operations was inspired by Director Hammad Nasar’s appointment to the Asia Art Archive.

Green Cardamom's soon-to-close London gallery.

According to a company press release,

Green Cardamom will scale down and re-configure its commercial gallery programme but will continue to progress its public projects programme from Hong Kong, including the on-going “Lines of Control” project (next iteration at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, NC, 2013), and “Calligraphic Abstraction” (with Cornell University, NY).

According to Green Cardamom Programme Manager Sophie Persson, the impetus for the move to Hong Kong was Co-Founder and Curator Hammad Nasar‘s recent appointment to the Asia Art Archive as Head of Research and Programmes. Co-Founder and Director Anita Dawood will lead the collective’s project-driven programme. Nasar will step down as Curatorial Director in September 2012, though he will stay involved in a curatorial capacity for the collective’s ongoing projects “Lines of Control” and “Calligraphic Abstraction”.

Persson stated that though they may eventually reopen a gallery, Green Cardamom has no immediate plans to open a physical space in Hong Kong. Instead, they will shift from representing artists and running a traditional brick-and-mortar exhibitions programme to focus more on collaborative public projects.

Green Cardamom was originally established as a curatorial collective in 2005 to “present a view of the international centred on the Indian Ocean”. They opened a gallery in London in 2007, through which they primarily represented artists from the South and West Asia regions.

[Editorial Correction | 29 August 2012: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Hammad Nasar would stay on as Curatorial Director for Green Cardamom after he moved to the Asia Art Archive. Nasar will continue on in a curatorial capacity for some ongoing projects, but is stepping down in his role as Curatorial Director.]


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