Katherine Hacker received her PhD in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania and teaches historical and contemporary South Asian art and architecture in the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Her interdisciplinary research interests focus on the intersections between visual culture, social relations, and cultural politics and are informed by post-colonial theory. She is completing a book that investigates visual culture in rural India (Bastar, Chhattisgarh) within debates on tradition and modernity, religious expression and conflict, heritage and tourism. She has published in the journals Res: Anthropology and Aesthetics, Museum Anthropology, and Journal of Bengal Art as well as in exhibition catalogues, notably Kantha: The Embroidered Quilts of Bengal, edited by Darielle Mason (Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2009), winner of the 2011 CAA award for outstanding museum scholarship. These and other articles on the ritual use and circulation of textiles at the important Jagannath temple in Puri, Orissa, on tribal art, its reception and exhibition, and on contemporary artists engagement with a ‘folk idiom’ explore the strategic deployment of visual vocabularies to address change. Professor Hacker has presented conference papers in North America, England, India, and Bangladesh and has served on the Board of the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, a bi-national organization. She has received grants and awards from Fulbright, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Hacker is the moderator of the Curators’ Roundtable: Structures.