Gabe Beckhurst Feijoo
I am a London-based art historian, curator and researcher specialising in photography, artists’ moving image and performance. Using theoretical approaches to animate archival research, much of my writing is concerned with the visual and cultural histories of identity and space, queer and trans artmaking and collective infrastructures, and social histories of environmental justice.
At present I am part of the curatorial team of the 8th Triennial of Photography Hamburg 2022, a city-wide activation including the symposium Lucid Knowledge, forthcoming exhibitions and a summer festival in 2022, as well as publishing projects in print and online such as Allegories of the Visible, a platform for commissioned writing, conversations and artistic projects.
Other curatorial projects I have contributed to include Dig Where You Stand, an exhibition-within-an-exhibition for the 57th Carnegie International in Pittsburgh that responded to the museum’s collections (2018–19), ZEITSPUREN: The Power of Now, an exhibition that brought together works around an exploration of time and contemporaneity at Kunsthaus Pasquart, Biel (2018), and ATARAXIA, a four-part series organised by Salon Suisse for the 57th Venice Biennale (2017).
I am currently completing a PhD in Art History at UCL, where my thesis examines strategies of personae in queer and feminist engagements with spatial justice. Guided by an interest in how these artists process complex cultural responses to environmental crisis, the project maps fruitful coordinates between queer and trans, critical race and ecocritical theories and conceptual forms across key points in their contemporary development. My research is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and I have received additional travel grants from AHRC and Terra Foundation for American Art as well as an IPS fellowship at the Huntington Library in 2020. I have taught at the University of York (BA History of Art), the Slade School of Fine Art (BFA) and UCL.
My commissioned writing and research for artist’s exhibitions includes Claudia Comte: I Have Grown Taller From Standing with Trees at Copenhagen Contemporary (2018) and P. Staff: On Venus at Serpentine Galleries in London (2019–20). A co-authored essay was published in the accompanying volume to Dig Where You Stand in 2019, titled The Dispatch. I also write essays and reviews on contemporary art and artists’ moving image for publications including Another Gaze, König Magazine, Map Magazine and Sculpture Journal.