Amanda Cachia has an established career profile as a curator, writer and art historian who specializes in disability art activism across intersectional axes of difference, including gender, race, and sexuality in a bid to dismantle masculine and ableist hegemonies. Research topics of interest include decolonial narratives of female resistance in North Africa and the Middle East, decolonizing museum practices as it relates to indigenous culture in Australia, the Pacific and the United States, and how disabled embodiment offers epistemologies for activist and curatorial praxis in conversation with gender, race and sexuality. Cachia received her PhD in Art History, Theory & Criticism from the University of California San Diego in 2017. She is working on two book projects: the first, entitled Revision of the Senses: Disability, Art, Agency, is under review with Duke University Press, and the second is in development, entitled Restraining Bodies: Feminist Disability Aesthetics in North Africa and the Middle East. Her first edited volume, Curating Access: Disability Art Activism and Creative Accommodation, under contract with Routledge, will be released in September 2022, that includes over 40 international contributors. In 2023, Cachia will Chair the Feminist Art Project Day of Panels, Art, Gender, and Disability: Aesthetics of Access, for the College Art Association conference in New York, consisting of 2 full days of in-person and virtual panels with disabled artists & scholars.
Cachia currently teaches art history, visual culture, and curatorial and exhibition studies at Otis College of Art and Design, California Institute of the Arts, California State University Long Beach, California State University San Marcos and San Diego State University. She serves as caa.reviews Field Editor for West Coast Exhibitions (2020-2023), and has curated approximately 40 exhibitions, many of which have traveled to cities across the USA, England, Australia and Canada. Her curatorial focus is representing the art and interests of disabled artists and producers. She has been invited as a consultant to museums around the world regarding how to make their content more accessible to disabled audiences within a curatorial lens, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, North Carolina Museum of Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, USC Pacific Asia Museum, Vancouver Art Gallery in Canada, Edvard Munch Museum in Norway, and V-A-C Foundation in Russia.
Her critical writing has been published in eight edited volumes, numerous exhibition catalogues and art journals including Artforum, CAA Reviews, Canadian Art, Art Monthly Australia and On Curating, and peer-reviewed academic journals such as Art Journal, South Atlantic Quarterly, Design and Culture, Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, Journal of Visual Art Practice, Museums and Social Issues, and The Senses and Society. She has also contributed an entry to Disability in American Life: An Encyclopedia of Concepts, Policies, and Controversies focusing on disability and contemporary art.
She has participated in numerous international and national conferences and related events within the USA, Canada, Australia, Europe and the Middle East, and has guest lectured at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), State University of New York (SUNY) at Purchase, Ontario College of Art and Design, Ryerson University, New York University, Goldsmiths College, Sydney College of the Arts, and Maryland Institute College of Art, among others. Cachia has served as a Visiting Critic for the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) in NYC, and as a panelist for Creative Capital, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Leonardo CripTech Incubator, the Rubin Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Art Works grant and Canada Council for the Arts.