Mission Statement

AhmadyArts is an independent curatorial, educational, and arts advisory practice headed by Leeza Ahmady. Working both locally and internationally, with a special focus on Asia, Ahmady exhibits, contextualizes and advocates the work of contemporary artists and other arts and cultural practitioners. Through her exhibitions, presentations, academic pursuits, talks and writings, Ahmady has pioneered the development and promotion of works by artists from Central Asia (Afghanistan, Krygyzstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Tajikistan).

About Leeza Ahmady

Ahmady was born in Afghanistan, where she lived until her family relocated to New York when she was teen. She is an independent art curator, educator and noted specialist in art from Central Asia. As the director of Asian Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) at Asia Society, Ahmady brings together leading New York City museums and galleries to participate in special exhibitions, receptions, lectures, and performances citywide.


As part of her ongoing curatorial project, Ahmady has traveled widely in Central Asia, promoting the largely unknown artists of the region in various international art forums including: Venice Biennale; Istanbul Biennale and Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong. She curated past exhibitions: The Taste of Others at Apexart (2005); The Paradox of Polarity: Contemporary Art from Central Asia at Bose Pacia (2007); Parable of the Garden: New Media Art from Iran and Central Asia at The College of New Jersey Art Gallery (2008); I Dream of the Stans at Winkleman Gallery, which traveled to MARTE Museo de Arte de El Salvador (2008); Tarjama/Translation at the Queens Museum of Art (2009); and Truly Truthful at Art Asia Miami (2009).

Ahmady is also a founding member of a number of non-profit organizations in the United States and Central Asia. She serves on the advisory board for Center for Contemporary Art Afghanistan (CCAA).

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