Sheyda A. Khaymaz

PhD Candidate

Art History

Modern and Contemporary Art of Africa and the Diaspora

Research Interests

  • Modernism in the Maghreb
  • Colonial violence and death of the social imaginary
  • Postcolonial film and literature
  • Nationhood and indigeneity
  • Power struggles in the construction of urban social space
  • Postcolonial studio photography of Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Social and political history of art


BA, Fine Art, University of Northumbria at Newcastle, UK

MA, Contemporary Curating, University of Sunderland, UK


Sheyda Aisha Khaymaz is an artist, poet, and PhD student in Modern and Contemporary Art at The University of Texas at Austin. They graduated from the University of Northumbria, UK, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art and received a Master’s Degree in Contemporary Curating from the University of Sunderland in 2017. Their Master’s thesis entitled “Trajectories of Collaborative Publishing Ethics” explored the potential for artist-run magazines to propagate non-hierarchical and heterogeneous modes of knowledge production in the arts.

In 2016, they were awarded the Lim Ai Fang Art Prize in the Woon Foundation Painting and Sculpture Prize in the UK. They exhibited in Venice in April 2017 as one of the finalists in the sculpture and installation category of 11th Arte Laguna Prize. In 2018, they were awarded an artist’s residency at Tasarim Bakkali (TAB Gallery) in Istanbul, Turkey, which culminated in a solo exhibition entitled “Anthropological Conjectures: The Tale of Sitare”. Khaymaz’s most notable curatorial works include “Poly Voices” (Cobalt Studios, Newcastle, 2018), “A Study of Imaginary Chasms”, (Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle, 2018), “Dialogus” (Vane, Newcastle, 2017) and “Emerging!” (The Independent, Sunderland, 2016).

Khaymaz is a founding member of the curatorial collective and independent press, Lungs Project, which has been operating since 2016 between the UK and the USA, promoting a cross-disciplinary dialogue amongst early-career artists and writers. They are the co-editor and publisher of New Landscapes Anthology, a collection of emerging poetry by QTBIPOC poets, which released in 2019. Khaymaz's first full-length poetry collection, “Suprasegmental Objects”, which re-imagines the historiography of capital punishment in Early Modern Europe, is forthcoming in 2021.

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