CV and Research
My research fields are global modern and contemporary art, with special interests in post-WWII European (especially Italian) and contemporary African art and cinema (both continental and diasporic), and a focus on social art history and cultural geopolitics. In my research, I situate art historical subjects within their respective social contexts while connecting them to broader global frameworks. I am currently working on a book project on contemporary Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto, entitled Where There's Everything: Michelangelo Pistoletto and World-Building in Arte Povera. In my book, I examine the artist’s work within the politicized cultural contexts of post-WWII Italy, Europe, and the United States against the broader geopolitical horizon for art of the 1960s. My research also includes a second book-length project, which brings my areas of research in contemporary Italy and Africa into dialogue with one another.
Through my research, I am dedicated to the investigation of modern and contemporary art history as a global field, and to the examination of art and social context on a local and global level. By addressing “western” and “non-western” subjects under the same framework, my research bridges institutional and disciplinary divides.