Louisa Macmillan is an independent curator, writer and specialist in modern and contemporary Middle Eastern art. She studied Arabic (2001–5) and Islamic Art and Archaeology (2007–8), and has lived and worked in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan and travelled extensively throughout the region. She worked as a volunteer and curator in the Department of the Middle East at the British Museum (2008–12). In 2011, she became the Eisler Curator of modern and contemporary Middle Eastern art. Since leaving the British Museum, she has worked directly for Middle Eastern artists based in the UK, such as Issam Kourbaj, Hanaa Malallah, Nasser Al Salem, Dia Azzawi and Idris Khan, in various roles. In 2014, she co-curated Unearthed, a solo exhibition by Issam Kourbaj at P21 Gallery, London. In 2015, she curated Another Day Lost: a series of installations scattered across London by Issam Kourbaj, inspired by and based on Syrian refugee camps, as part of Shubbak: A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture.