Dr Alexandra Kokoli


Dr Alexandra Kokoli
NameDr Alexandra Kokoli
Job titleAssociate Professor in Visual Culture
Research institute
Primary appointmentSchool of Arts
Email addressA.Kokoli@mdx.ac.uk
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-3730-8570
Contact categoryResearcher

Biography

Biography

I am an art historian, theorist, and educator of art practitioners, with an investment in art’s capacity for positive social change. My research into the aesthetics of feminist anti-nuclear activism at Greenham Common has been supported by the Paul Mellon Centre and the Leverhulme Trust. In addition to the rich interface between art and activism, I am interested in art practices informed by and committed to feminism, as well as psychoanalytic approaches to visual and material culture. 

My publications include the edited collections Feminism Reframed, The Provisional Texture of Reality: Selected Talks and Texts by Susan Hiller, 1977-2007, (with Deborah Cherry), Art into Life: Essays on Tracey Emin, and the monograph The Feminist Uncanny in Theory and Art Practice, where I explore aesthetic mobilisations of discomfort to feminist ends. I have published widely on artists including Quilla Constance, Susan Hiller, Catherine Hoffmann, and Monica Ross, and I am currently working on feminist approaches to heritage and commemoration through art practice. I sometimes curate and consult on curatorial projects involving artists whose practice I have researched, including crochet and textile artist Su Richardson. I am also research associate at the Centre for Visual Identities in Art and Design (VIAD) at the University of Johannesburg, a transnational network of researchers foregrounding priorities and perspectives from the global south.

Teaching

I teach visual culture and contemporary art practices to undergraduate and postgraduate students, and supervise practice-led researchers. I currently teach on:

  • BA Fine Art, Year 1, FNA1903: Art and Visual Culture
  • BA Fine Art, Year 2, FNA2903: Research and Critical Analysis
  • BA Fine Art, Year 3, FNA3630: Professional Practice & Curatorial Knowledge
  • BA Fine Art, Year 3: dissertation supervision

Current PGR supervision:

  • Kars Dodds, Dancing with Boobs: Investigating the Embodied Experience of AFAB Non-binary Dance Artists, MRes
  • Anke Kempkes, Concrete Women: The Gender Paradox in Abstract Modernism, PhD by Public Works
  • Qingyu Shen, Challenges and Reconstructions: Femininity in Contemporary Chinese Feminist Art from the 1990s to the Present, PhD

Completed PGR supervision: 

1. 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’, HaCIRIC, Department for the Built and Human Environment, University of Salford, 2012.

2. 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’, RGU, 2014.

3. Dr. Felicity Allen, ‘Creating the "dis-oeuvre": Interpreting feminist interventions as an expanded artistic practice in relation to art's institutions’, Middlesex University, 2016.

4. Dr. Caroline Gausden, ‘Feminist Manifestos and Socially Engaged Practice’, RGU, 2017.

5. Dr. Helen Bendon, ‘The artist as historyteller within museum and heritage sites’, Middlesex, 2018.

6. Dr. Kodwo Eshun, ‘The Philatelic Imagination of Pan-African Independence Under Platform Capitalism’, Middlesex, 2019.

7. Dr. Murray Anderson, ‘Queer Aesthetics of Empathy and Gothicness in Contemporary Sculpture’, Middlesex, 2020.

8. Dr. Paula Chambers, ‘Feral Objects and Acts of Domestic Piracy: Sculpture, Secular Magic and Strategies of Feminist Disruption’, Middlesex, 2020.

9. Dr. Sonya Dyer, ‘Towards Dark Fecundity - Reimagining Black futures through visual arts practice, science fiction and Greek mythology’, 2021.

Education and qualifications

DPhil in Modern European Literature
01 Jan 2004
University of Sussex
MA in Comparative Literary Theory (Distinction)
01 Dec 1998
University of Warwick
BA Hons in Modern Letters (1st)
01 Jul 1997
Aristotle University, Greece
Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy

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20 Nov 2019
Higher Education Academy

Grants

British Academy Writing Workshops Alumni Funding
01 Mar 2023
British Academy
British Academy Writing Workshops
01 Jun 2021
British Academy
Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship
01 Apr 2020
Leverhulme Trust
Advance HE Connect
01 Mar 2020
Advance HE
Paul Mellon Centre Mid-Career Fellowship
01 Feb 2019
Paul Mellon Centre

Prizes and Awards

External activities

Research outputs

Brides and Madonnas against the Bomb: feminist activist art practices towards nuclear disarmament and more

Kokoli, A. 2024. Brides and Madonnas against the Bomb: feminist activist art practices towards nuclear disarmament and more. Women in Revolt!: Radical acts, contemporary resonances. Tate Britain, London, UK 22 - 23 Mar 2024

Greenham Common’s archival webs: towards a virtual feminist museum

Kokoli, A. 2023. Greenham Common’s archival webs: towards a virtual feminist museum. British Art Studies. (24). https://doi.org/10.17658/issn.2058-5462/issue-24/akokoli

Care, aftercare, and the work of transmission: learning from Greenham Common

Kokoli, A. 2023. Care, aftercare, and the work of transmission: learning from Greenham Common. in: Krasny, E. and Perry, L. (ed.) Curating with Care Routledge. pp. 117-130

The Imaginary of Greenham Common

Kokoli, A. 2022. The Imaginary of Greenham Common. The Imaginary of Greenham Common. Beaconsfield, 22 Newport Street, Vauxhall, London SE11 6AY 20 Aug 2022

EPISODE 163 Alexandra Kokoli: Gender, shame & visual cultures. The Surviving Society Podcast.

Kokoli, A. 2022. EPISODE 163 Alexandra Kokoli: Gender, shame & visual cultures. The Surviving Society Podcast.

Trauma and repair in the museum: an introduction

Walsh, M. and Kokoli, A. 2022. Trauma and repair in the museum: an introduction. Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41282-022-00290-4

Reclaimed: The Greenham Common women’s peace camp as quotidian feminist heritage

Kokoli, A. 2022. Reclaimed: The Greenham Common women’s peace camp as quotidian feminist heritage. in: Pratt, K. (ed.) Jemima Brown: Peace Camp West Berkshire Museum et al..

The aesthetic labour of protest, now and then: The Women’s Peace Camp at Greenham Common (1981-2000)

Kokoli, A. 2021. The aesthetic labour of protest, now and then: The Women’s Peace Camp at Greenham Common (1981-2000). in: Schmahmann, B. (ed.) Iconic Works of Art by Feminists and Gender Activists: Mistress-Pieces Routledge. pp. 22-37

Witch, Witches, WITCH

Kokoli, A. 2021. Witch, Witches, WITCH.

Aftershocks and (un)belongings: reflecting on 'Home Strike'

Kokoli, A. and Sliwinska, B. 2021. Aftershocks and (un)belongings: reflecting on 'Home Strike'. in: Photiou, M. and Meskimmon, M. (ed.) Art, Borders and Belonging: On Home and Migration London | New York Bloomsbury Visual Arts. pp. 113-136

Domestic fronts: arrangements for feminist living, or survival is not a metaphor

Kokoli, A. 2020. Domestic fronts: arrangements for feminist living, or survival is not a metaphor. in: Sliwinska, B. (ed.) Feminist Visual Activism and the Body New York Routledge. pp. 88-103

Tracey Emin: art into life

Kokoli, A. and Cherry, D. (ed.) 2020. Tracey Emin: art into life. London, UK Bloomsbury.

Read my QR: Quilla Constance and the conceptualist promise of intelligibility

Kokoli, A. 2019. Read my QR: Quilla Constance and the conceptualist promise of intelligibility. in: Aikens, N., lok, s. and Orlando, S. (ed.) Conceptualism - Intersectional Readings, International Framings The Netherlands Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven. pp. 36-53

Crossing borders and other dividers in Western Europe and the British Isles

Kokoli, A. 2019. Crossing borders and other dividers in Western Europe and the British Isles. in: Robinson, H. and Buszek, M. (ed.) A Companion to Feminist Art United Kingdom WileyBlackwell. pp. 127-141

Creative Tensions: Making (it), unmaking, and making do in textiles informed by feminism

Kokoli, A. 2018. Creative Tensions: Making (it), unmaking, and making do in textiles informed by feminism. in: Harris, J. (ed.) A Companion to Textile Culture WileyBlackwell.

Domestic fronts: towards a feminist survival(ism)

Kokoli, A. 2018. Domestic fronts: towards a feminist survival(ism). Symposium: Feminist Visual Activism. ICA, London 10 Jul 2018

Feminist Art Activisms and Artivisms - 2 July 2018, Middlesex University

Deepwell, K., Kokoli, A., Robinson, A., Mullaniff, K., Dick, E., Attwood, F., Leeson, L. and Maude-Roxby, A. 2018. Feminist Art Activisms and Artivisms - 2 July 2018, Middlesex University. Feminist Art Activisms and Artivisms. Middlesex University, London, UK 02 Jul 2018 Middlesex University. https://doi.org/10.22023/mdx.6716054.v1

HOME STRIKE, an exhibition guest-curated by Alexandra Kokoli and Basia Sliwinska, with CANAN, Paula Chambers, Malgorzata Markiewicz and Su Richardson, l'etrangere, 8 March-21 April 2018.

Kokoli, A. and Sliwinska, B. 2018. HOME STRIKE, an exhibition guest-curated by Alexandra Kokoli and Basia Sliwinska, with CANAN, Paula Chambers, Malgorzata Markiewicz and Su Richardson, l'etrangere, 8 March-21 April 2018. l'etrangere, 44a Charlotte Road, London EC2A 3PD 08 Mar - 21 Apr 2018

Free Lunch with the Stench Wench: towards a synaesthetics of poverty and shame in Catherine Hoffmann’s performance

Kokoli, A. 2018. Free Lunch with the Stench Wench: towards a synaesthetics of poverty and shame in Catherine Hoffmann’s performance. Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy. 33 (3), pp. 485-499. https://doi.org/10.1111/hypa.12399

Unpicking the Canon: Making (it), unmaking, and making do in textiles informed by feminism

Kokoli, A. 2017. Unpicking the Canon: Making (it), unmaking, and making do in textiles informed by feminism. A Feminist Space at Leeds: Looking Back to Think Forward. Leeds University 16 - 17 Dec 2017

Read my QR: Quilla Constance and the conceptualist promise of intelligibility

Kokoli, A. 2017. Read my QR: Quilla Constance and the conceptualist promise of intelligibility. Aikens, N., lok, s. and Orlando, S. (ed.) Conceptualism: Intersectional Readings, International Framings, Black Artists and Modernism (BAM) Conference. Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands 07 - 09 Dec 2017 Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven. pp. 36-53

Do textiles think?

Kokoli, A. 2017. Do textiles think? in: Kyprianidou, E. (ed.) Weaving Culture in Europe Nisos. pp. 99-102

The ambiguous ambivalence of feminist textiles

Kokoli, A. 2017. The ambiguous ambivalence of feminist textiles. in: Ford, S. (ed.) CUT CLOTH: Contemporary Textiles and Feminism PO Publishing. pp. 60-65

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

Kokoli, A. 2017. The writing’s on the wall: #QC against decipherability. 'Transcending the Signified', Quilla Constance Symposium. Camberwell College of Arts, UAL, London 23 Jun 2017

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

Kokoli, A., Allen, F., Boyce, S., Budd, A., Hiller, S., Hudek, A. and Sainsbury, A. 2017. History or not: addressing omissions in the retelling of art's stories (roundtable discussion). History or Not: Addressing Omissions in the Retelling of Art's Stories. Raven Row, London, United Kingdom 18 Mar 2017

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

Kokoli, A. 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. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxartj/kcx004

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

Kokoli, A. Kokoli, A. (ed.) 2017. Tate in Focus: From the Freud Museum 1991–6 by Susan Hiller. Tate Research Publication.

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

Kokoli, A. 2016. Pre-emptive mourning against the bomb: the art and visual culture of feminist anti-nuclear activisms. Feminist Perspectives on Artistic Productions and Theories of Art, 5th edition, organised by Xabier Arakistain and Lourdes Mendez. Azkuna Zentroa, Bilbao 28 - 30 Oct 2016

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

Kokoli, A. 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 Berlin Sternberg Press. pp. 22-31

The feminist uncanny in theory and art practice

Kokoli, A. 2016. The feminist uncanny in theory and art practice. London Bloomsbury Academic.

Uncanny domesticities in art informed by feminist anti-nuclear activism

Kokoli, A. 2016. Uncanny domesticities in art informed by feminist anti-nuclear activism. Artists’ Critical Interventions into Architecture and Urbanism. University of Warwick, United Kingdom 15 - 16 Jul 2016

Interview with Margaret Harrison and participation in roundtable discussion

Kokoli, A., Harrison, M., Farkas, R., Leeson, L. and Maple, S. 2016. Interview with Margaret Harrison and participation in roundtable discussion. The Practicing Feminist. Tate Britain 21 May 2016

#QC: Read My QR

Kokoli, A. 2016. #QC: Read My QR. Quilla Constance: #QC_Symposium. Toynbee Studios, Artsdmin, 28 Commercial Street, London E1 6AB 10 Mar 2016

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

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

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

Kokoli, A. 2015. Pre-emptive mourning (or melancholia)? : the home as tomb in art informed by feminism and anti-nuclear activism. House, work, artwork: feminism and Art History's new domesticities. University of Birmingham, Birmingham. United Kingdom 03 - 04 Jul 2015

Now, then, and again: between anniversary and HERitage

Kokoli, A. 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, A. and Winter, A. 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), pp. 157-174. https://doi.org/10.1080/0740770X.2015.1057015

Misogyny: Witches and Wicked Bodies

Petherbridge, D., Segal, L., Kokoli, A., Deepwell, K. and Create/Feminism Cluster 2015. Misogyny: Witches and Wicked Bodies. Misogyny: Witches and Wicked Bodies. ICA, London, United Kingdom 18 Mar 2015

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

Kokoli, A. 2014. Not a straight line by a spiral: charting continuity and change in textiles informed by feminism. Image and Text. 23, pp. 110-129.

The woman artist as curatorial effect

Kokoli, A. 2013. The woman artist as curatorial effect. in: Dimitrakaki, A. and Perry, L. (ed.) Politics in a glass case: feminism, exhibition cultures and curatorial transgressions Liverpool University Press.

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

Kokoli, A. 2013. The voice as uncanny index in Susan Hiller's The Last Silent Movie. Art Journal. 72 (2), pp. 6-15. https://doi.org/10.1080/00043249.2013.10791027

Sisters

Kokoli, A. 2012. Sisters. in: Dickson, R. (ed.) Judy Chicago Lund Humphries. pp. 169-177

Remembering, repeating and working through in Anniversary – An Act Of Memory by Monica Ross and co-recitors (2008–)

Kokoli, A. 2012. Remembering, repeating and working through in Anniversary – An Act Of Memory by Monica Ross and co-recitors (2008–). Performance Research. 17 (5), pp. 24-30. https://doi.org/10.1080/13528165.2012.728436

On probation: Tracey Emin as sign

Kokoli, A. 2010. On probation: Tracey Emin as sign. Wasafiri. 25 (1), pp. 33-40. https://doi.org/10.1080/02690050903425342

Susan Hiller: the provisional texture of reality: selected talks and texts, 1977–2007

Hiller, S. Kokoli, A. (ed.) 2008. Susan Hiller: the provisional texture of reality: selected talks and texts, 1977–2007. JRP|Ringier.

Feminism reframed: reflections on art and difference

Kokoli, A., Heath, J., Hemus, R., Chase, A., Roulstone, K., Behm, A., Germann, J., Grant, C., Tate, S., Lauritis, B., Pollock, G. and Swartz, A. Kokoli, A. (ed.) 2008. Feminism reframed: reflections on art and difference. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
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