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Dr Alexandra Kokoli - Senior Lecturer in Visual Culture - Fine Arts

Dr. Alexandra Kokoli

Senior Lecturer in Visual Culture - Fine Arts

Alexandra Kokoli is a member of the Feminist Practice and Theory Research Cluster.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Feminist art history, theory and practice; the post/decolonial; intersectionality; psychoanalysis, especially the uncanny; the cultural and political uses of the ‘woman artist’ as a distinct classification; domesticities; contemporary artists including Susan Hiller, Monica Ross, Tracey Emin and Sutapa Biswas.

RESEARCH

Alexandra Kokoli’s research is situated within feminist art history, theory and practice, focusing particularly on the fraught but fertile relationship between feminism and psychoanalysis. She works with and on contemporary artists including Susan Hiller, Monica Ross and Judy Chicago and has a developing curatorial practice that builds on her research on the gender implications of curatorial strategies. She is also interested in the gender politics of popular visual culture as well as contemporary feminist movements, and is a contributor to The F-Word (http://www.thefword.org.uk/). Her texts have been published in numerous journals and edited books, including n.paradoxa, The Art Journal, Performance Research, and Politics in a Glass Case, ed. Angela Dimitrakaki and Lara Perry. She is the editor of Feminism Reframed: Reflections on Art and Difference and Susan Hiller, The Provisional Texture of Reality: Selected Talks and Texts, 1977-2007. She is currently working on the monograph The Feminist Uncanny in Theory and Art Practice (forthcoming by Bloomsbury Academic), which examines feminism’s transformative encounter with the widely debated and influential concept of the uncanny, in both theoretical texts and visual art practice.

PhD supervision

Applications for humanities or practice-led PhD research are welcome in areas including but notlimited to: the interfaces of contemporary art practice and critical theory (practice as theory/ theoryas practice); art practice and theory informed by feminism; post-/decolonial art practice and theory; contemporary art and psychoanalysis; contemporary art and its audiences; contemporaryart in cultural and social contexts.

COMPLETED

Dr. Bronwyn Platten, ‘Mouths and Meaning: A multi-sensory, creative and collaborative arts based exploration of food, eating and embodiment towards gaining greater understanding of the experience of eating disorders’, Health and Care Infrastructure Research and Innovation Centre (HaCIRIC), Department for the Built and Human Environment, The University of Salford. Awarded 2012.

Dr. Paul Thompson, ‘An examination of the physical and temporal parameters of printmaking practice through the exploration and application of digital processes in making and cultural shifts in digital participation’; principal supervisor: Dr. Jon Pengelly, Gray’s School of Art, The Robert Gordon University. Awarded 2013.

CURRENT

Caroline Gausden, 'Art in the Public Sphere: The Case of Feminist Manifestos’, IDEAS Research Institute/Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University.

Sonya Dyer, 'Towards an Intersectional Feminist Space Programme', ADRI, Middlesex.

Selected Publications

Articles in Peer-reviewed Journals

'Undoing "homeliness" in feminist art: Feministo: Portrait of the Artist as a Housewife (1975-7)', n.paradoxa: international feminist art journal, vol. 13: Domestic Politics (Jan. 2004), pp. 75-83.

'On Probation: "Tracey Emin" as Sign', Wasafiri, vol. 25, no. 1 (March 2010), pp. 33-40.

'Remembering, Repeating and Working Through in Anniversary – An Act of Memory by Monica Ross and Co-Recitors (2008-)', Performance Research, vol. 17, no. 5 (2012) 'On Duration', pp. 24-30.

'The voice as uncanny index in Susan Hiller's The Last Silent Movie', The Art Journal, vol. 72, no. 2 (Summer 2013), pp. 6-15.

Chapters in Books

'Castration', 'Gender Images in Art', 'Quilting', and 'Women Artists', in Jodi O’Brien (ed.), Encyclopedia of Gender and Society, 2 vols. (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2009).

'Laura Mulvey, Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema (1975)', 'Griselda Pollock and Rozsika Parker, Old Mistresses. Women, Art and Ideology (1981)', and ‘Hélène Cixous, The Laugh of the Medusa (L'écriture feminine) (1975)', in Diana Newall and G. F. Pooke (eds.), Fifty Key Texts in Art History (London: Routledge, 2012).

'Sisters' in Rachel Dickson (ed.), Judy Chicago (and Louise Bourgeois, Helen Chadwick, Tracey Emin), (London: Ben Uri in association with Lund Humphries, 2012), pp. 169-177.

'The "woman artist" as curatorial effect', in Angela Dimitrakaki and Lara Perry (eds.), Politics in a Glass Case: Exhibiting Women’s and Feminist Art (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2013).

Exhibition Catalogue Essays

‘Frontiers: Gray’s School of Art’, RSA: New Contemporaries (Edinburgh: Royal Scottish Academy, 2010), pp. 62-64.

‘Moving Sideways and Other Sleeping Metaphors: Susan Hiller’s Paraconceptualism’, in Ann Gallagher (ed.) Susan Hiller (London: Tate Publishing, 2011), pp. 143-153.

‘Gray’s School of Art’, RSA: New Contemporaries (Edinburgh: Royal Scottish Academy, 2013).

Edited Books

A. M. Kokoli (ed.), Feminism Reframed: Reflections on Art and Difference (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007); electronic edition available. [Reviewed in The Art Book, vol. 16, no. 4 (November 2009), p. 40]

Susan Hiller, The Provisional Texture of Reality: Selected Texts and Interviews, 1977-2007, edited, introduced and annotated by A. M. Kokoli (Zurich: JRP|Ringier, 2009).

In preparation:

Deborah Cherry and A. M. Kokoli (eds.), Tracey Emin: Art and Life, with contributions by Gill Perry, Glenn Adamson, et al..

Authored Book

The Feminist Uncanny in Theory and Art Practice (forthcoming – Bloomsbury Academic, 2015).

Reviews, Interviews, Interventions

Contributor to The Art Book, Art History, n.paradoxa and The F-word, including:

Ed Ruscha's Los Angeles by Alexandra Schwartz’ [book review],The Art Book, vol. 17 (November 2010), pp. 52–54.

‘Tracey Emin: Love is What you Want’ [exhibition review], Art Selector, no. 5: Text in Art – special issue (July 2011).

‘Invasions and Fakes: Susan Hiller in conversation with Alexandra Kokoli’, in Sas Mays and Neil Matheson (eds.), The Machine and the Ghost: Technology and Spiritualism in 19th to 21st century Art and Culture (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2013), pp. 103-122.

See also: https://mdx.academia.edu/AlexandraKokoli

Alexandra Kokoli’s research in the University Repository

The writing’s on the wall: #QC against decipherability

Kokoli, Alexandra M. (2017) The writing’s on the wall: #QC against decipherability. In: 'Transcending the Signified', Quilla Constance Symposium, 23 June 2017, Camberwell College of Arts, UAL, ...

The ambiguous ambivalence of feminist textiles

Kokoli, Alexandra M. (2017) The ambiguous ambivalence of feminist textiles. In: CUT CLOTH: Contemporary Textiles and Feminism. Ford, Sarah-Joy , ed. PO Publishing, pp. 60-65. ISBN 978-1-9108...

History or not: addressing omissions in the retelling of art's stories (roundtable discussion)

Kokoli, Alexandra M. and Allen, Felicity and Boyce, Sonia and Budd, Amy and Hiller, Susan and Hudek, Antony and Sainsbury, Alex (2017) History or not: addressing omissions in the retelling o...

Pre-emptive mourning against the bomb: exploded domesticities in art informed by feminism and anti-nuclear activism

Kokoli, Alexandra M. (2017) Pre-emptive mourning against the bomb: exploded domesticities in art informed by feminism and anti-nuclear activism. Oxford Art Journal, 40 (1). pp. 153-168. ISSN ...

Tate in Focus: From the Freud Museum 1991–6 by Susan Hiller

Kokoli, Alexandra M. (2017) Tate in Focus: From the Freud Museum 1991–6 by Susan Hiller. Kokoli, Alexandra M. , ed. Tate Research Publication. ISBN 978-1-84976-532-9 ...

Pre-emptive mourning against the bomb: the art and visual culture of feminist anti-nuclear activisms

Kokoli, Alexandra M. (2016) Pre-emptive mourning against the bomb: the art and visual culture of feminist anti-nuclear activisms. In: Feminist Perspectives on Artistic Productions and Theories of...

Angry melancholia: towards a performative politics of time in the work of Monica Ross

Kokoli, Alexandra M. (2016) Angry melancholia: towards a performative politics of time in the work of Monica Ross. In: Monica Ross: Ethical Actions - A Critical Fine Art Practice. Sternberg ...

#QC: Read My QR

Kokoli, Alexandra M. (2016) #QC: Read My QR. In: Quilla Constance: #QC_Symposium, 10 March 2016, Toynbee Studios, Artsdmin, 28 Commercial Street, London E1 6AB. ...

Feminism reframed: reflections on art and difference

Kokoli, Alexandra M. and Heath, Joanne and Hemus, Ruth and Chase, Alisia Grace and Roulstone, Karen and Behm, Anthea and Germann, Jennifer G. and Grant, Catherine and Tate, Sue and Lauritis...

Pre-emptive mourning (or melancholia)? : the home as tomb in art informed by feminism and anti-nuclear activism

Kokoli, Alexandra M. (2015) Pre-emptive mourning (or melancholia)? : the home as tomb in art informed by feminism and anti-nuclear activism. In: House, work, artwork: feminism and Art History's n...

Uncanny domesticities in art informed by feminist anti-nuclear activism

Kokoli, Alexandra M. (2016) Uncanny domesticities in art informed by feminist anti-nuclear activism. In: Artists’ Critical Interventions into Architecture and Urbanism, 15-16 July 2016, Univers...

Interview with Margaret Harrison and participation in roundtable discussion

Kokoli, Alexandra M. and Harrison, Margaret and Farkas, Rózsa Zita and Leeson, Loraine and Maple, Sarah (2016) Interview with Margaret Harrison and participation in roundtable discussion. In...

What Bear Grylls can’t do: survivalist mediascapes in austerity Britain

Kokoli, Alexandra M. and Winter, Aaron (2015) What Bear Grylls can’t do: survivalist mediascapes in austerity Britain. Media Commons (http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/), In Media Res: A...

The feminist uncanny in theory and art practice

Kokoli, Alexandra M. (2016) The feminist uncanny in theory and art practice. Bloomsbury Studies in Philosophy . Bloomsbury Academic, London. ISBN 9781472511393 ...

Now, then, and again: between anniversary and HERitage

Kokoli, Alexandra M. (2015) Now, then, and again: between anniversary and HERitage. Day + Gluckman. ...

What a girl’s gotta do: the labour of the biopolitical celebrity in austerity Britain

Kokoli, Alexandra M. and Winter, Aaron (2015) What a girl’s gotta do: the labour of the biopolitical celebrity in austerity Britain. Women & Performance: a Journal of Feminist Theory, 25 (2)....

Not a straight line by a spiral: charting continuity and change in textiles informed by feminism

Kokoli, Alexandra M. (2014) Not a straight line by a spiral: charting continuity and change in textiles informed by feminism. Image and Text, 23 . pp. 110-129. ISSN 1020 1497 ...

Misogyny: Witches and Wicked Bodies

Petherbridge, Deanna and Segal, Lynne and Kokoli, Alexandra M. and Deepwell, Katy (2015) Misogyny: Witches and Wicked Bodies. In: Misogyny: Witches and Wicked Bodies, 18 Mar 2015, ICA, London,...

The voice as uncanny index in Susan Hiller’s The Last Silent Movie

Kokoli, Alexandra M. (2013) The voice as uncanny index in Susan Hiller’s The Last Silent Movie. Art Journal, 72 (2). p. 6. ...

The woman artist as curatorial effect

Kokoli, Alexandra M. (2013) The woman artist as curatorial effect. In: Politics in a glass case: feminism, exhibition cultures and curatorial transgressions. Dimitrakaki, Angela and Perry, Lara...