Ajay Kurian was born in Baltimore in 1984. He received his BA in Visual Arts and Art History from Columbia University in 2006. Exploring the structures of education and popular culture, his work questions how concepts such as religion, heritage, and optimism are disseminated in today’s complex American society. Kurian has had solo exhibitions at CAPRI, Düsseldorf; White Flag Projects, St. Louis; Artspeak, Vancouver; Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai; and Audio Visual Arts, New York. His work was featured in group exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA PS1, and Governor’s Island, all in New York; Øregaard Museum, Hellerup; the Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh; and Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel. His work is included in public collections such as the Aïshti Foundation Collection, Beirut.