PhD student in the Division of Art History and Visual Studies.
The objective of my PhD project “Portraying Ambivalence: The Art and Politics of Embarrassing Attachments,” is to dig deep into the complicated, thrilling, painful, embarrassing, and relentless terrain of institutionalization. By turning to the works of five artists, T.J. Dedeaux Norris (US), Laura Aguilar (US), Sands Murray-Wassink (NL), Jenny Grönvall (SE), and Xandra Ibarra (US), my dissertation aim to direct the attention toward a number of artworks that depict the sticky, abstruse, and blurry terrain in which artists tries, and recurrently fails, to discern their own agency, aesthetic preferences, or ideas from those prevalent on the field of vulnerability and susceptibility characterized as ‘the art world.’
I will visit the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, as a short-term scholar during Fall semester of 2018 and Spring semester of 2019.
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Master's thesis, 'GESTURES OF FAILURE: Performances of otherness, masochism and unbecoming in Thea Djordjadze's exhibition our full'