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Research interests

I trained as an architect and practice as an artist, whose practice often engages with the public realm.

My recent practice and research has explored material poetics, memory, heritage and regeneration. In my PhD, 'Détour and Retour: Practices and poetics of salt as narratives of relation and re-generation in Brixton', I proposed that a 'poetics of re-generation' could allow a renegotiation of the instrumentalised term regeneration, expanding the language of regeneration and spatialising relational practice to emphasise an ethics of regeneration practices.

Therefore from a practice perspective, I'm interested in how artistic interventions and critical spatial practices that highlight and reveal poetics of place could contribute to more ethical and effective models of regeneration (including a more ethical engagement with pasts of a place, spectral traces and relation to the new).

I'm currently working on a new practice-based research project, funded by Arts Council England, in collaboration with Dr Lizzie Lloyd (University of Bristol/UWE), into the spaces and subjectivities of socially engaged practice and critical writing about the practice.

Through my PhD I became involved with the work of the poet and philosopher Édouard Glissant and his poetics of Relation. I'm currently working on research that seeks to understand how we can take Glissants ideas into spatial and social practice in art and architecture.

I'm interested in the material cultures of migration and trade - which connect the historical and present - for example salt, which formed the basis of my PhD work. I'm interested in the relevance and significance of everyday practices, rituals and engagement with material culture to how places are made and continue to be remade and maintained.

Some of my recent artistic projects have explored textiles as a medium, and as part of collaborative research project Making Suburban Faith I worked with Professor Claire Dwyer and researcher Nazneen Ahmed at UCL to produce a collaborative textile art project, which has been written up in a number of papers and chapters, as well as an artists book (see outputs).

Other current art practice and research focuses on Yiddish political cultures in the Jewish East End from the 1880s to the 1930s. This research which has been funded by the Centre for Memory, Narrative and Histories will be presented in an online exhibition in December 2020. 

 

Supervisory Interests

I’m interested in supervising practice-based PhDs, particularly those that are interdisciplinary and combine aspects of architecture/the urban/the spatial with other disciplines and practices (and may have a socially engaged element), which might explore themes of migration, contested heritage, and regeneration.

Education/Academic qualification

University College London

20102019

Award Date: 28 Jan 2019

Keywords

  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
  • Conceptual Art
  • Socially engaged art
  • Performance
  • Film and Video
  • Photography, Film, Embodied materiality
  • NA Architecture
  • Architectural Design
  • architectural theory
  • NB Sculpture
  • Public Art
  • NC Drawing Design Illustration
  • GT Manners and customs
  • Cultural Studies
  • Salt
  • GV Recreation Leisure
  • Tourism
  • HT Communities. Classes. Races
  • Regeneration
  • G Geography (General)
  • Urban Studies

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