Tanya Talwar

Tanya TalwarTanya Talwar, Photo Barbara Herrenkind

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin
Professur für Kunstgeschichte der Moderne

Raum: 3.25
Tel:  030.2093-66211
Fax: 030.2093-66204


Tanya Talwar is the Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin for the BMBF-Project: Art Education between Heritage-Making and Critical Transregionality at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and a member of the research consortium De:link//Re:link: Local perspectives on transregional processes of entanglements and disentanglements (partner institutions: Humboldt-University Berlin, Leibnitz-Zentrum Moderner Orient und Bonn International Center for Conversion (bicc)).


Tanya is from New Delhi, India. She did her undergraduate studies in English literature at the University of Delhi followed with MA in mass communication from GGSIP University. She worked as a journalist at the Hindustan Times between 2011-2016 before moving to Germany for pursuing MA at the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS), Universität Heidelberg.

Her MA thesis at HCTS, supervised by Prof. Dr. Monica Juneja and Prof. Dr. Joachim Kurtz, was about the impact of the Left on the visual arts of the 1980s. It focused on the political awakenings of a group of artists called The Indian Radical Painters’ and Sculptors’ Association.

Research interests

Late 19th and 20th century South Asian art history; postcolonial discourse; subaltern studies; art pedagogy; institutional history; critical museum and exhibition studies; political art praxis; transregional & transcultural networks of entanglements in art; modernist art and literature

Current project

In her current project, Tanya examines the emergence of colonial pedagogy at art schools in India between 1850-1920s. Using archival research at institutions based in Kolkata-Lahore-Berlin-London, she explores the debates among art educators, students, artists and public intellectuals on matters of identity and artistic expression. A part of her work revisits such spaces and voices that emerged both from within and in between the Bengal and Lahore-Punjab schools of art, exposing networks of dissent through tracing political and visual imaginaries.