Ajay Hothi

writer / filmmaker

ajay@ajayhothi.com

︎ About Me


Note
June 2021:
This website is under construction.

Ajay Hothi

writer / filmmaker

ajay@ajayhothi.com

︎ About Me

Note June 2021: This website is under construction.













About Me
Hi, my name is Ajay Hothi.

I’m a writer, filmmaker, and educator. I’ve had a few jobs over the years, all in one way or another related to film, art, and writing.

After graduating from my undergrad studies from the Dept. of Media Arts at Royal Holloway, where I studied Filmmaking + History of Art, I joined Illuminations Television/Film, where I worked on productions for indepedent documentaries with contemporary British artists and on international distribution for arthouse feature films, with filmmakers including Apichatpong Weerasethakul, The Brothers Quay, and Jan Švankmajer.

From there, I worked as Visual Arts Officer at Arts Council England, where I managed a portfolio of art film and publishing organisations in London, alongside projects with artists and organisations including Isaac Julien, Whitechapel Gallery, and the British Film Institute.

I then joined the British Film Institute as Research Curator at the BFI Gallery, developing research and education programmes for the gallery, but the decision was made to close the gallery some time later.

I enrolled as a research student in the Dept. of Critical Writing in Art & Design at the Royal College of Art, and came out with an MPhil and the book THIS IS ART WRITING, which is about the use of writing in visual art practice.

Then I published another book, A CUT A SCRATCH A SCORE, with the Cooper Gallery in Dundee, about multimedia artists’ performances.

Alongside that, I joined tank.tv, which was then an online platform for artists’ moving image. I was awarded £25k from Arts Council England to open London’s first public gallery dedicated to artists’ film, video, and emergent technologies. At the gallery, on London’s Great Portland Street, I curated nineteen exhibitions, commissioned two artists’ residencies, and one new artwork.

All the while, I was writing for publications including Artforum, Art in America, Frieze, and Art Monthly, among others, and making documentaries for broadcast, artists and galleries.

I started teaching in 2013 and I fell in love with it. I’ve taught at the Royal College of Art, University of the Arts London, and I’m presently Senior Lecturer in Critical and Contextual Studies in the schools of art at Kingston University and London Metropolitan University.

I’m currently studying for my PhD, which is on forms of writing within sport and design practices.

Sorry, that was quite long. Thanks for reading.