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Denisa Tomkova is an art theorist and curator. 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. 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, Art Margins Online, Idoart.dk, Berlin Art Link, Kuba Paris, či Profil Súčasného Výtvarného Umenia.

Education

  • University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK ........................................................................................................2015 - 2019

PhD, Visual Culture

 

  • The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK ..............................................................................................2013-2014

Master of Science, Modern and Contemporary Art: History, Curating and Criticism

 

  • University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, USA...........................................................................................2012-2013

Exchange

  • University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK..........................................................................................................2011-2013

Certificate of Higher Education, History of Art

 

  • Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia....................................................................................................2008-2011

Bachelor Degree, History of Art

Research Experience

  • 2019 - 2020. European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC), Berlin, Germany. Research fellow. Comprehensive mapping of Roma Tangible Heritage.

  • 2015- 2018. University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal. Research Member - Comparing WE's: Community, Cosmopolitanism and Emancipation in the Global Context at Comparative Studies Center.

Conference Presentations

  • November 2021. Symposium: “One Creation. Many Realms”. Panel Moderation. Thorvaldsens Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark

  • May 2019. 6th International Forum for Doctoral Candidates in East European Art History, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.

  • November 2018. “Communitas: Words of the Common, Words of Community”, Cergy-Pontoise, France.

  • June 2017. International conference “Picturing Community Today”, Paris, France.

  • October 2016. Conference of Universities Art Associations of Canada, Montreal, Canada.

  • June 2016. Conference “Art and Politics Reloaded? The Right to the City” in Lisbon, Portugal.

  • October 2015. Conference “Comparing “WE’s”. Community, Cosmopolitanism and Emancipation in a Global Context”, University of Lisbon. Portugal.

Campus Talks

  • November 2016. ‘Performance Art Class’, University of Aberdeen, self-designed 2-hour lecture on Socially Engaged art in Central-Eastern Europe.

Teaching Experience

  • September-December 2016. Tutorial Teacher, 'Introduction to Visual Culture’, University of Aberdeen, UK.

  • November 2016. Guest Lecturer, ‘Performance Art’, University of Aberdeen, UK.

  • September-December 2016. Czechoslovak Film Series. Organiser, University of Aberdeen, UK.

  • February 2016. Tutorial Teacher - Cover, 'Cinema and Revolution', University of Aberdeen, UK.

Professional Membership 

  • 2020 - ongoing. 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.

  • 2015 - 2018. Research Member- Comparing WE's: Community, Cosmopolitanism and Emancipation in the Global Context at Comparative Studies Center. University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal.

Secondary Archive project public inauguration video:

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