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Ana Sol González Rueda

Ana Sol

I have a BA in Art History from Universidad Iberoamericana and an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the University of Essex. Prior to starting my graduate studies I worked as adjunct curator at Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City

Thesis:Radical Pedagogies and Curating

Supervised by:Dr Karen Brown and Dr Catherine Spencer

Funded by:  Conacyt and Jumex Foundation

The educational dimension of the contemporary art exhibition and the positions it organises between curator, artists, works, and the public, remain mostly unnoticed even by those apparently attempting to question and move away from authoritative, explanatory or overly didactic models. My research seeks to bring these implicit educational relations to the foreground. Generally, education is not regarded as a curatorial responsibility, with most institutions having a separate department to that end. My thesis examines specific critical curatorial approaches and discerns their educational propositions as well as the contradictions they entail. Additionally, I aim to identify ideas from radical pedagogies that are relevant to curatorial practice. The thesis investigates the viability of resistant practices in the context of an educational crisis and looks for openings to propose a different kind of experience to that of entertained consumption.

Research interests: Curating, Contemporary art, Museum Studies, Education

Publications and activities:

-Project Coordinator and Mediation Strategies, Possessing Nature, Mexican Pavilion, Venice Biennale, 2015

-Guest-curator: Laure Prouvost: Mientras No Mirabas, Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City, 2014

Kate Keohane

Kate Keohane profile Nov 17‌‌‌

I completed my Undergraduate degree in the History of Art at the University of St Andrews (1st class hons) (2011-2015), and my MA in Art Theory at UCL under the tutelage of Professor Briony Fer and Professor Tamar Garb (Distinction) (2015-2016). Throughout my studies I have worked as a research assistant for a number of private contemporary art galleries and collections.

Thesis: Some Otherwhere: Migration of the Caribbean Landscape in Contemporary Art

Supervised by: Dr Karen Brown and Dr Catherine Spencer

Funded by: EU-LAC-MUSEUMS, Horizon 2020

My research focuses on theories surrounding ‘place’, ‘space’ and ‘landscape’ in relation to contemporary photography and film that reflects the ‘Caribbean’ region. Whilst it is difficult to dissociate the landscape from its cultural and metaphorical ‘signs’, such readings should not overlook the landscape as a historical/lived space with function dependent upon individual experience.

The analysis of work that conveys themes of migration, displacement and identity by ‘global’ contemporary artists like John Akomfrah, Isaac Julien, and Steve McQueen alongside work by artists from within the region, including Alberta Whittle, Ewan Aitkinson and Annallee Davis, allows for a more nuanced understanding of the narrativisation involved in the documentation of place. Through reference to the ideas of Caribbean writers and theorists, including Édouard Glissant, Derek Walcott and Stuart Hall, an alternative understanding of the experience of landscape will be offered, which bears implications for the theorization of the effects of contemporary globalisation on creative fields.

Research interests: Contemporary Art, the Caribbean, migration, landscape, photography, text and image

Publications and activities:

Writer in residence Fresh Milk, Barbados (September 2017)

Grants and awards:

Santander Research Mobility Award (2017)

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust Award (2016)

Award for Undergraduate Research Assistantship Programme (2015)

Trethowan Bursary for Dissertation Research (2014)

St Andrew’s prize for the top student in the department of Art History (2014)

Cross Trust Vacation Scholarship (2014)


Katie Murray

Katie Murray PhD Candidate

Katie has an MA in Scottish Studies and MLitt in Museum and Gallery
Studies. She has held various museum posts, including completing a
curatorial internship at the South Georgia Museum. Currently she has a
post as historian and lecturer on a polar expedition cruise vessel.

Katie's research looks at the representation of polar exploration in
exhibitions between 1818 and 1930. This period saw sustained British
exploratory effort in the polar regions, focusing first on the Arctic
and then Antarctica. These explorations were depicted in exhibition
forms as diverse as panoramas, the display of indigenous peoples,
displays of equipment and photography and art shows. These helped to
satiate a curious public, raise the profile of individual explorers
and, sometimes, provide much needed funding for future exploration.
The thesis will examine these exhibitions in terms of their
museological and historical contexts, using a range of primary source
materials as well as considering them in terms of both contemporary
and modern museological theory.  They will be reconstructed and
analysed in terms of their purpose, thematic content, impact and
general success.



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