Gabriella Beckhurst Feijoo

I am a London-based art historian, curator and researcher specialising in photography, artists’ moving image and performance. Guided by ecocriticism and queer, feminist and critical race theory, much of my research and writing is concerned with the visual and cultural histories of identity and space, queer artmaking and social infrastructures, and wider histories of environmental action.

At present I am part of the curatorial team of the 8th Triennial of Photography Hamburg 2022, a city-wide activation that includes a symposium in 2021, major exhibitions and a summer festival in 2022, and publishing projects in print and online.

Other projects I have contributed to in a curatorial and research capacity include ATARAXIA, a four-part series that accompanied the Swiss Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017, ZEITSPUREN: The Power of Now, an exhibition that brought together works around an exploration of time and contemporaneity at Kunsthaus Pasquart, Biel in 2018, and Dig Where You Stand, an exhibition-within-an-exhibition for the 57th Carnegie International in Pittsburgh, 2018–19 that combed the museum collections.

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 enclosure, primarily in Southern California and its environs. This project is guided by an interest in what difficult emotions raised by environmental justice as well as deviations from accounts of mobilisation tell us about the terms of participation. 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 in Copenhagen, 2018 and Patrick 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, Orlando and the Sculpture Journal.