Yasmin Hales (MPhil) completed a BA (Hons) in Social Anthropology and an MA in the History of South Asian Art and Architecture at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) London University. Her professional experience has developed as a gallery educator and lecturer in Indian miniature painting and contemporary Indian tribal art collections at the Victoria and Albert museum https://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/south-asia. Yasmin’s interest in the social use of space, architecture and indigenous tribal art was consolidated through ethnographic fieldwork in Northern India and latterly an interdisciplinary scholarship research degree in the Anthropology of Architecture at Oxford Brookes Universityand UCL. She has taught Social Anthropology at Birkbeck, London University, and the Cross-Cultural meaning of Space and Place, faculty of Interior Spatial design at LCC, University of Arts. She is currently lecturing in Social Anthropology at Goldsmiths College and City Lit Adult Education College and assisted as a freelance educator at the ‘Another India’ Exhibition (2017) at Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology http://maa.cam.ac.uk/anotherindia/
Yasmin is the recipient of several research grants and awards from the South Asian Studies Society, Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarship at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (Intach) for her doctorate research on the “Talking Streets: The Experience and Expression of Space and Place in Tamil Nadu, South India”. Her ethnographic analysis is based on the study of Tamil vernacular architecture, the use of space, Kolam floor designs and intangible cultural heritage within Pondicherry, South India. Inspired by her academic research Yasmin curated a community arts and photographic exhibition at the Harrow Arts Centre in 2016 and 2017, entitled “Talking Streets: The Meaning and Making of Kolam Floor Designs in Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu, South India” . This was complemented by adult and family educational workshops on why different cultures decorate their walls and floors. The Talking Streets exhibition and workshop will be further developed in collaboration with the Anthropology department at Goldsmiths University from January 2019.
In addition to her role as an academic lecturer in Social Anthropology, Yasmin runs various creative art workshops in relation to her Talking Streets project. In January 2018 she delivered a 2 day Talking Streets cultural art residency at Great Arts, Shoreditch, East London http://magazine.greatart.co.uk/2018/01/09/free-store-events-talking-streets/., and in Nov 2018 she delivered a gallery talk on the cultural beliefs and way of life of the Nuba Wrestlers of Kordofan, Southern Sudan produced by the highly acclaimed Magnum photographer George Rodger. http://www.davidhillgallery.net/exhibitions Yasmin is also a Film Ambassador for the Royal Anthropology Institute, and in 2019 will promote the free screening of ethnographic documentary films to a variety of audiences in relation to the RAI Film Festival from 27th-30th March 2019 at Bristol Watershed Cinema. https://raifilm.org.uk/