Job title: Programme Director, Modern and Contemporary Art - MSC, Senior Lecturer, Contemporary Art History and Theory
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Dr Angela Dimitrakaki is a writer and Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Art History and Theory at the University of Edinburgh, which she joined in September 2007. She is Programme Director of the MSc in Modern and Contemporary Art: History, Curating and Criticism and teaches undergraduate courses on art and its contexts since the 1960s, including on aesthetics, politics and globalisation, feminism and sexual politics. Since her appointment at Edinburgh she has been supervising an average of five doctoral students per year. She works closely with her doctoral students, often collaborating in projects, to enhance art history’s social relevance.
Angela's academic research focuses on feminist and Marxist methodologies in art history; art and curating in relation to labour, production and reproduction; globalisation and biopolitics; feminist politics and histories; art and culture in the diverse social contexts of post-1989 Europe; lens-based media, the video essay and post-documentary aesthetics; contemporary democracy and fascism. She currently works on two single authored books forthcoming in 2017: Feminism, Art, Capitalism, on the potential and contradictions of feminist politics in art practice and theory today; and The Economic Subjects of Contemporary Art, on artists and curators’ increased emphasis on economic relations since 1989 in an effort to contribute to a trans-disciplinary understanding of art’s complex links with socio-economic processes. She is guest editor, with S. Farris, G. LeBaron and S. Ferguson, of a special issue on Social Reproduction for the interdisciplinary journal Historical Materialism: Research in Critical Marxist Theory forthcoming in 2016. Angela has published widely in academic journals such as Third Text, Oxford Art Journal, Τέχνη και Κριτική [Art and Criticism], n.paradoxa and South, and has contributed to many edited collections.
Angela’s recent books include ECONOMY: Art, Production and the Subject in the 21st Century, co-edited with K. Lloyd (Liverpool University Press 2015); the single authored Gender, ArtWork and the Global Imperative: A Materialist Feminist Critique (Manchester University Press 2013) investigating the impact of capitalist globalisation on the gendered division of labour in art-making and curating; the single authored Art and Globalisation: From the Postmodern Sign to the Biopolitical Arena (Hestia Athens 2013), written in Greek as an intervention in recent debates on global capitalism’s articulation in localised socio-economic and cultural contexts; Politics in a Glass Case: Feminism, Exhibition Cultures and Curatorial Transgressions, co-edited with L. Perry (Liverpool University Press 2013) and offering a fresh perspective on the histories of feminism in the art world from the 1970s to globalisation. In 2013, she curated with Kirsten Lloyd a major international group show, ECONOMY, across Edinburgh (Stills) and Glasgow (Centre for Contemporary Art). Incorporating public forums, workshops and two residencies, ECONOMY invited reflection on the fact that, so far in the 21st century, economic relations shape every aspect of our lives and that art has the power to demonstrate how this happens. More information and a Reading Room can be found at the dedicated website (see Related Links below).
Angela is also a novelist writing in her native Greek. Her fiction works, including four novels, one collection of short stories and numerous contributions to the press and edited anthologies, have been shortlisted for six awards to date and include the 2009 nomination for an Academy of Athens award. Angela is represented by Ersilia Literary Agency in Athens.
Angela is Corresponding Editor of HM: Research in Critical Marxist Theory and serves on the Editorial Board of Third Text since 2015. She is a Researcher with the Art Globalisation Interculturality Group at the University of Barcelona. From 2010 to 2012 she was a member of the Leverhulme International Research Network, headed by Dr Lara Perry (Brighton), Transnational Perspectives on Women’s Art, Feminism and Curating. She is on the Steering Committee of Feminist Curators United.
Angela's research focuses on contemporary art history and theory with an emphasis on feminism and Marxism, globalisation and its impact on art institutions, labour, and theory, social reproduction, curatorial interventions, participatory and lens based art, the relationship of art and politics (including questions on democracy and the common) since the 1960s.
Her books include Economy: Art, Production, and the Subject in the 21st Century (co-edited with K. Lloyd, 2015), Gender, ArtWork and the Global Imperative: A Materialist Feminist Critique (2013), Art and Globalisation: From the Postmodern Sign to the Biopolitical Arena (in Greek, 2013), Politics in a Glass Case: Feminism, Exhibition Cultures and Curatorial Transgressions (co-edited with L. Perry, 2013). In 2013 she co-curated the major group exhibition ECONOMY is Edinburgh and Glasgow. She sits on the editorial board of Third Text for which she co-edited the Sept 2017 special issue on social reproduction and art, and is corresponding editor of Historical Materialism: Research in Critical Marxist Theory, for which she co-edited the special issue on social reproduction in 2016.
Angela has presented her work in numerous conferences in Europe and the USA and has authored over 50 chapters, articles, and essays on various aspects of contemporary art and its social and intellectual contexts. In 2015, she was included in the oral archive of contemporary thinkers and artists Radio Web MACBA. In 2017, she collaborated with Antonia Majaca on an event series on Sanja Ivekovic's public project Monument to Revolution in the context of Documenta 14. Angela is also an essayist and award-winning fiction writer, publishing in her native Greek and represented by Ersilia Agency (http://ersilialit.com/cms/?page_id=455). Her latest essay, on contemporary fascism, appeared in The Berlin Quarterly (Autumn 2016).
PhD Supervision Topics
- Art and politics in the 20th and the 21st centuries
- Feminist and/or Marxist art histories
- Globalisation, labour, institutions
- Contemporary art history and theory (including historiography)
- Contemporary lens-based and participatory art
- Democracy, post-democracy, the common