Ikram Lakhdhar is a Tunisian, LA based Curator and Scholar. Her research driven exhibitions examine issues of race, gender, and the politics of colonial and oriental representation. Including her most recent exhibition at George Washington University and Corcoran School of the Arts & Design, Gallery 102, “Water/ماء: Trespassing Liquid Highways”, which investigated the subject of water as a transnational grounding to uncover colonialist and orientalist entanglements between the Caribbean and the Mediterranean seas.
Lakhdhar holds an M.A. in Arts Politics from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and a B.A. in Art History, Museum Studies, and International Relations from Connecticut College. She is the Founding Editor of DIRT, an independent platform for inclusive and accessible arts discourse. She writes and speaks about art in radically generous and authentic spaces. She applies her arts politics background to build and connect Common Field's national network of arts organizers and organizations.
Lakhdhar presented research at Art on the Vine Convening, NYU, the Jerusalem Fund, Parking Gallery in South Africa, GWU, and others. Her writing has been published in journals including Arts.Black, BmoreArt, and Common Field’s Field Perspectives. She received international awards for her curatorial praxis most recently from Valetta 2018 Culture Capital, the Getty Foundation, CIMAM, and the Toor Cummings for International Studies.