Suman Gopinath studied Fine Arts Administration and Curating at Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom (UK) and is an independent curator. She worked as an editor in a publishing house and managed a private art gallery in Bangalore before she got the Charles Wallace Scholarship to study in the UK.
Some of the exhibitions she has co-curated are the Singapore Biennale – An Atlas of Mirrors (2016-17); Nasreen Mohamedi, Tate Liverpool, UK (2014); the Biennale Jogja – Equator #1 Shadowlines: Indonesia meets India (2011-12); Nasreen Mohamedi: Notes/Reflections on Indian Modernism initiated by the Office for Contemporary Art (OCA), Norway (this exhibition travelled to six museums in Europe (2009-11)).
Suman has participated in seminars, conferences and talks—some of which include the Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka, Bangladesh (2018); Art Basel, Hong Kong (2017); Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia (2017); Curators’ Hub, Experimenter, Kolkata (2012).
Suman was curator-in-residence on a DAAD Scholarship in Berlin (2013). She co-founded Co-Lab Art & Architecture (2005-2008) and worked with artists, architects, curators and academics, presenting contemporary Indian work within the context of international practice. One of the highlights of the programme was a year-long series of lectures in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut which included speakers such as BV Doshi, Nilima Sheikh, Hito Steyerl, among others.
Suman has contributed texts for catalogues and some of her essays have appeared in Flash Art, Modern Painters and Art Review.