Lila Nazemian (b. 1987) is an independent curator. Recent and forthcoming curatorial projects include: “Now that We Have Established a Common Ground” opening in April 2020 at Assembly Room, New York; "I open my eyes and see myself under a tree laden with fruit that I cannot name" organized at New York's Center for Book Arts in January 2020; the “On Echoes of Invisible Hearts” series of location specific exhibitions featuring contemporary artists from Yemen and the Diaspora, the first took place in October 2018 at Berlin’s Poetry Project, the second edition opened at Station Beirut in April 2019, and the third is forthcoming at Washington D.C.'s Middle East Institute in April 2020; and “Spheres of Influence,” which opened at Tehran’s Mohsen Gallery in April 2016. In 2017, she was the U.S. Projects Director at CULTURUNNERS, where, on behalf of the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra), she managed a Saudi artist residency in New York and supported various American Museums to produce their exhibitions of Saudi art. Prior to this, she was the Curatorial Associate at Leila Heller Gallery, New York.

She received a B.A. in History from Scripps College, California; and an M.A. in Near Eastern Studies from N.Y.U., New York. She is a QAYYEM 2019 Curatorial Fellow, was among the inaugural participants of the 2018-2019 Interdisciplinary Art and Theory Program in New York and participated in ICI’s 2018 Curatorial Intensive in Bangkok. She will be participating in the International Curator in Residence program at Doha's Fire Station this Fall 2020.

Contact her at lila.nazemian (at)