Art and visual culture have played an important role in the evolution of human societies, and largely mediates the way we engage with the past. Since we live predominantly in a world of images that is becoming more saturated and complex as technology advances, studying visual phenomena continues to be an important pursuit.  Although I am broadly interested in the relationship between visual heritage and collective memory, my core research areas are:

  • Visual politics of slavery: Exploring the images and attitudes articulated about people of African descent during the age of slavery, and the reverberations of this imagery in the present day.
  • Race and reproduction: Deconstructing how images created in reproductive media have participated in the creation and sustenance of ethnic stereotypes in public space.
  • Images, identity and social distance: Interrogating the role images play in the development and mediation of human relationships, and seek to find ways of challenging outdated modes of cultural representation by replacing them with new aesthetics and attitudes 
  • Archive and affect: Understanding what takes place between archives, researchers and audiences engaging with hidden and contested pasts.