Denisa Tomková, PhD, is an art theorist and curator. She is the Curator of Editorial Programming at Kunsthalle Bratislava, Slovakia. She holds an MSc in Modern and Contemporary Art: History, Curating and Criticism from The University of Edinburgh and PhD in Visual Culture from the University of Aberdeen (2019). Her PhD research focused on socially engaged art from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland. Between 2015-2018, she was a member of the international research project ‘Comparing WE’s. Cosmopolitanism. Emancipation. Postcoloniality’ based at the University of Lisbon. Between 2019-2021, she worked for the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC) in Berlin, as a research fellow, curator and a project coordinator. As a curator, she worked on the Secondary Archive project, an online platform dedicated to the creation of artists from Central and Eastern Europe. Between 2021-2022, she was a Curatorial and Publications Research Fellow at SixtyEight Art Institute in Copenhagen. Tomkova is working with the collective päť & pól as a theorist and curator for the upcoming exhibition project "Still Here" in Bratislava. The objective of the exhibition project is to highlight the importance of contemporary art production in imagining a new positive future, in strengthening communities, in stimulating public dialogue and in healing our collective body. She has published in various international art periodicals including: Third Text, Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, FIELD: A Journal of Socially-Engaged Art Criticism, Camera Austria, L'Internationale Online, ARTMargins Online, Idoart.dk, Berlin Art Link, Kuba Paris, or Profil Súčasného Výtvarného Umenia.
2015 - 2019
University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK, PhD, Visual Culture
The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK. Master of Science, Modern and Contemporary Art: History, Curating and Criticism
University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, USA
University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK, Certificate of Higher Education, History of Art
Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia, Bachelor Degree, History of Art
European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC), Berlin, Germany. Research fellow. Comprehensive mapping of Roma Tangible Heritage
University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal. Research Member - Comparing WE's: Community, Cosmopolitanism and Emancipation in the Global Context at Comparative Studies Center.
Think-tank member. RomaMoMA (A transnational, collaborative and discursive art project of the European Roma Institute of Arts and Culture (ERIAC) and OFF-Biennale Budapest).
2017 - 2019
Social Reproduction in Art, Life, and Struggle. A Reading Group. Collective Gallery and The University of Edinburgh, UK.
Selected Awards, Grants and Fellowships
Research Member- Comparing WE's: Community, Cosmopolitanism and Emancipation in the Global Context at Comparative Studies Center. University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal.
Nomination for the Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory 2022.
Postdoc grant, Novo Nordisk Foundation, Mads Øvlisen Postdoc Fellowship Art
History Research 2022 for my project “Political Art in Post-Truth Politics”. – declined.
Grant for Female Curators from Visegrad Region - Secondary Archive project.
European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture, ERIAC, Berlin, Germany. Research
fellowship. Comprehensive mapping of Roma Tangible Heritage
BASEES Research and Development Committee to fund for the attendance at the
The Elphinstone Scholarship, for the full tuition fees for 3 years of the PhD
The Foundation for the Development of Education scholarship for MSc studies.