I recently co-curated The Occupation Museum in Banksy's Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem, Palestine, presenting a Palestinian-led narrative of the history and everyday experience of Israel's colonial occupation of Palestine. In 2015, he curatedThe Museum of Cruel Designs, at Banksy's Dismalandin Westom-Super-Mare. This was an exhibition about the design of objects for social control, from CCTV and anti-homeless spikes to border fences and rubber bullets,Before this I co-curated the exhibition Disobedient Objects at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, about objects of art and design produced by protest movementsinternationallysince the late 1970s. It was the museum's most visited exhibition since 1946.
My research focuses on twentieth century art, specifically activist-art and institutional critique and its futures. I have published in Art History, the Oxford Art Journal and Third Text. In 2010 I co-wrote the pamphlet A User's Guide to Demanding the Impossible, which has been translated into a number of languages. I am currently completing a book on the history of activist-art.
I have an interest not only in the particular histories of activist-art, but in new theoretical, methodological and curatorial approaches to social movement cultures which research and display with movements as well as on them. My PhD, completed at Manchester University under Prof. Terry Eagleton, comprised an intellectual history of theories of revolution-as-festival, which attempted to engage with affect and aesthetics in social movements, from dissident surrealist writers through to aspects of the 1990-2000s global justice movement.
PhD English Studies, University of Manchester, 2007
MA Cultural Criticism, University of Manchester, 2001
BA English Literature and Language, University of Leeds, 2000