My research deals with transcultural histories of art and its relationship to different forms of power. I have published several articles thinking through the relationships of inclusion, exclusion and the meanings of access in defining art. Throughout my work I have paid attention to different forms of minority representation and the tensions this has created, as well as to changes to which disputes have lead.
In my book “Absence and Difficult Knowledge in Contemporary Art Museums” (2018) I studied the histories of European national art collections, while juxtaposing them with current practices of collecting. I focused on the relationships of Eastern and Western European museums, while discussing what museums collect with a keen eye on local levels and the ways these collections are representative of local populations. As colonial histories are engrained in the structures of museums, I often stumbled upon them when analysing the relationships between museums and private collectors.
My new research project “Enacting Rights” brings together art and the discourse of rights. This presents a lens through which I analyse artistic work that investigates critically European art museums’ transcultural histories. I currently also edit an anthology that will bring together inspiring practices of artists and activists working in museum collections and archives.