Kathleen L. WYMA 衛杰靈

Lecturer 講師

Tel: 3917-7041
Email: klwyma@hku.hk
Office: Room 10.18, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus

BFA, MA, PhD University of British Columbia

Dr Wyma teaches courses on contemporary global, modern and South Asian art history. Her research focuses on post 1945 Indian art, with a special interest in post colonialism and the impact of intercultural exchange in an increasing globalized art world. Before joining HKU, she taught at various institutions in Vancouver, Canada: The University of British Columbia, The University of the Fraser Valley and Emily Carr University.

Contemporary Indian art

post colonialism and the impact of intercultural exchange in the globalized art world

Selected Publications

“Atul Bhalla: Contemporary Landscape and the Depths of the Historical Field,” Photo Reader. New Delhi: India Habitat Centre, forthcoming.

“Constructing the Eco-dimensions of Intangible Heritage,” in Arunkumar HG: CON-struction. Delhi: Gallery Espace, 2018. ISBN819302392-7.

“Insights into In-Site,” in Arunkumar HG: In-Site. New York: Aicon Gallery, 2018.

“On the Edges of Representation: Rethinking Photographs of Rural India,” in Photography in India: From Archives to Contemporary Practice, eds., Aileen Blaney and Chinar Shah. London: Bloomsbury, 2018. ISBN 978-1-350-02788-6.

“Poetics and Procrustean Possibilities,” in Zakkir Hussain: The Procrustean Bed. Mumbai: Guild Art Gallery, 2017.

“An Eye on History,” ArtIndia, Vol. XVIII, Issue III (2014).


Curator, Leaving a Trace, Beyond Malabar, Kochi, India, December 2017.

Curator, Reviving the Retinal, Gallery OED, Kochi, India, March 2015.

Curator, Contemporary Contingencies, Gallery OED, Kochi, India, December 2014.

Curator, The Material Point: Reconsidering the Medium in the (Post)modern Moment, Gallery OED, Kochi, India, July 2013.


Panel organizer: The Dignity of Labour: Interrogating Representations of Work American Asian Studies Conference (Denver, March 2019).

Presenter: “Photographic Retakes: Reconsidering Representations of Rural Workers in India” The Dignity of Labour: Interrogating Representations of Work American Asian Studies Conference (Denver, March 2019).

“The Eco-Artist in Parallel Worlds,” SARA Community Action Program, Western Ghats Eco Walk, Shimoga District, Karnataka, June 2017.

Panel Moderator, symposium held in conjunction with the exhibition शब्द/ شبد (śabd), Korean Cultural Centre, New Delhi, August 2016.

Invited presentations

“Post-Modern Museum: The Case of Indian Art History and Heritage in Singapore,” (in conversation with Gauri Parimoo Krishnan) Asia Society, Hong Kong, June 2020.

“Post-War & Contemporary Art: Key Theories through 10 Artworks.”  Christie’s Education: Fundamentals of Collecting Series, Hong Kong, May 2019.

“A Conversation with Jonni Cheatwood,” in conjunction with Jonni Cheatwood: Dressed Up for the Letdown, Over the Influence Art Gallery, November 2018.

“Rethinking Photographs of Rural India,” National Taiwan University of Technology, June 2018.

“Art talk about Contemporary Photography: A dialogue between Dr. Kathleen Wyma and Dr. Louis Lo” in conjunction with The Solo Exhibition of Nobuyoshi Araki, Over the Influence Art Gallery, Hong Kong, May 2017.

“Intricate Exhibits and their History,” Mari-Cha Lecture Series, Asia Society, Hong Kong, February 2017.​

Current Courses

ARTH2081 Art history and its methods

ARTH3028 The mirror and the globe: Courtly arts of India 16-19th century

ARTH7001 Art history: goals, methods, and writing

ARTH7007 Seminar in Wester art, 18th to 20th centuries

Past Courses

ARTH2020 American art

ARTH2030 Towards the global

ARTH2076 The sculptural object in early 20th-century art

ARTH2090 Blockbusters, bonanzas, and biennales: contemporary art in the global age

ARTH2092 Photography in North America

ARTH2093 Contemporary art in India

ARTH7008 Seminar in contemporary art


HKU Scholars Hub research page

Reaching beyond HKU
Kathleen L. Wyma at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center – Intricate Exhibits and their History
Kathleen L. Wyma at the Graduate Institute of Art History NTNU – The Edge of Representation: Rethinking Photographs of Rural India