Dr Natasha Adamou
School: School of Art and Architecture
Position: Early Career Research Fellow
Dr Natasha Adamou is an art historian researching the use of everyday, found objects in contemporary sculpture in the context of the material culture of post-industrial cities. Prior to joining Kingston in March 2016, Natasha was a Henry Moore Foundation–British School at Rome fellow in Sculpture (2015-16), and a visiting fellow at the School of Philosophy and Art History, University of Essex (2015-16). Natasha is also an associate lecturer at the BA Culture, Criticism and Curation, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, since January 2016.
Natasha holds a PhD in Art History and Theory from the School of Philosophy and Art History, University of Essex. She is currently working on a book manuscript provisionally entitled 'Readymade, Found Object, Replica: Contemporary Sculpture and the Post-industrial City', which expands on her doctoral thesis about the role of found objects and their replicas in redefining sculpture after the 1980s. She is also developing a new research project about reconstructing historical art exhibitions: she co-chaired a panel on this topic at the Association of Art Historians 42nd Annual Conference, University of Edinburgh in April 2016, and is co-organising a forthcoming workshop at the Futuro House, Central Saint Martins, March 2017, in collaboration with Central Saint Martins UAL and Kingston University, with a research grant from the FADA Research Development Fund and the Visual and Material Cultures Research Centre at Kingston.
In the past, Natasha has worked in galleries in New York and Athens, and on large-scale international art exhibitions, including: Monument to Now, The Dakis Joannou Collection, at The Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art (Athens, 2004), and Outlook-International Art Exhibition (Athens, 2003) curated by Christos M. Joachimides.
Her book chapter on Gabriel Orozco's early work was published in Sabotage Art: Politics and Iconoclasm in Contemporary Latin America, I.B.Tauris, (March, 2016), and her forthcoming article on Orozco and the Italian modernist architect Carlo Scarpa is due for publication in the Sculpture Journal, Liverpool University Press in 2017.
Contemporary art in Europe, USA, and Latin America; the use of found objects in contemporary sculpture; replicas and reconstructions; legacies of Marcel Duchamp's readymade objects; legacies of surrealist objects; material culture and the post-industrial city; transnational exchanges; exhibition histories; critical theory.
- 2016 - 2018Early career research fellow, Visual and Material Culture Research Centre, Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture, Kingston University London
- 2016 - presentAssociate lecturer in art history, culture, criticism and curation, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London
- 2015 - 2016Henry Moore Foundation-British School at Rome fellow in sculpture, British School at Rome
- 2015 - 2016Visiting lecturer in contemporary art (spring 2016), visiting fellow in art history, School of Philosophy and Art History, University of Essex
- 2014 - presentEditorial advisory board member, re»bus: Journal of Art History and Theory, School of Philosophy and Art History, University of Essex
- 2010Member of jury, Annual Unsolicited Proposals, Apex Art Curatorial Programme, New York
- 2009 - 2014Co-editor, re»bus: Journal of Art History and Theory, School of Philosophy and Art History, University of Essex
- 2004Exhibition catalogue coordinator, Monument to Now (Greek Edition); (Athens: The DESTE Foundation)
- 2003Lecture coordinator, Boris Groys, "On the New", National Research Institute, Athens, 2004; part of Outlook – International Art Exhibition Athens
- 2003Exhibition catalogue coordinator, Outlook – International Art Exhibition Athens; with essays by Daniel Birnbaum, Nicolas Bourriaud, Arthur C. Danto, Nikos Daskalothanassis, Boris Groys, Christos M. Joachimides (Athens: Futura Publications, 2003
Educational and professional qualifications
- 2015PhD Art History and Theory, School of Philosophy and Art History, University of Essex, United Kingdom. Awarded with "no corrections"
- 2009MA Art History and Theory (Distinction), School of Philosophy and Art History, University of Essex, United Kingdom
- 2006MA Museum Studies, University of Leicester, United Kingdom
Conferences & events
Reconstructions, Restagings, Re-enactments: Revisiting seminal art exhibitions in the twenty-first century, workshop, Futuro House, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, in collaboration with Kingston University London (forthcoming, 31 March 2017)
The Return of History: Reconstructing art exhibitions in the 21st century, Association of Art Historians (AAH) 42nd Annual Conference, University of Edinburgh (7-9 April 2016)
Art History and Psychoanalysis Workshops (3), School of Philosophy and Art History, and the Centre of Psychoanalysis, University of Essex, spring-summer, 2013
Art and Maps since 1945, Second International Graduate Art History Conference, School of Philosophy and Art History, University of Essex, May, 2013
Precariousness and replication in the work of Gabriel Orozco, Annual Conference of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), Puerto Rico, 27-30 May, 2015
Sculpture and the everyday object: Gabriel Orozco in Brazil, 1991, Possibilities of Exchange: Experiments in Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art, Edinburgh College of Art and The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, 13-14 May, 2015
Surrealist objects and the crisis of sculpture, 1930/2013, Association of Art Historians (AAH) 41st Annual Conference, University of East Anglia, Norwich, 9-11 April, 2015
Who's Afraid of Jasper Johns? Anachronism in Urs Fischer, College Art Association (CAA) 102nd Annual Conference, Chicago, 12-15 February, 2014
The delirium of interpretation: Salvador Dalí's paranoia-criticism and the construction of artistic identity in Urs Fischer, Association of Art Historians (AAH) Postgraduate Symposium, University of Oxford, 20-21 June, 2013
Impossible objects: Gabriel Orozco's Empty Shoe Box (1993) and Yielding Stone (1992), Sabotage: Latin American Contemporary Art Symposium, University College London (UCL), London, 26 April, 2013
Delirious objects: Assemblage and Salvador Dalí's paranoia-criticism in the work of Urs Fischer, Assemblage in Practice, University of East Anglia, Norwich, 20 April, 2013
'Photography as a hole': Gabriel Orozco and photography after conceptual art, International Postgraduate Conference, University of Essex, 15 May, 2012
Research groups & programmes
Adamou, Natasha (2016) Henry Moore Foundation–BSR Fellowship in Sculpture : Shade Between Rings of Air : replication of architecture as sculpture : Carlo Scarpa/Gabriel Orozco, 1952/2003. Papers of the British School at Rome, 84, pp. 345-346. ISSN (print) 0068-2462
Adamou, Natasha (2016) Shade between rings of air : architecture, sculpture, replication : Carlo Scarpa/Gabriel Orozco, 1952/2003. Sculpture Journal, 25(3), pp. 401-419. ISSN (print) 1366-2724
Adamou, Natasha (2016) Impossible objects : Gabriel Orozco’s Empty Shoe Box and Yielding Stone. In: Halart, Sophie and Polgovsky Ezcurra, Maria, (eds.) Sabotage art : politics and iconoclasm in contemporary Latin America. London, U.K. : I.B. Tauris. pp. 130-150. (International Library of Modern and Contemporary Art, no. 15) ISBN 9781784532253