Dr Harriet Riches
School: School of Critical Studies and Creative Industries
Position: Senior Lecturer in Art History and Visual Culture
I joined the School of Art & Design History at Kingston in 2009, having held posts at Middlesex University and the University of Warwick, and taught the history and theory of art and photography at a variety of institutions including London College of Communication, Sotheby's Institute and UCL. I completed my PhD on self-representation and the performance of the photographic medium in the work of Francesca Woodman at UCL, and have published widely on this topic in the journals Object, Oxford Art Journal and Photographies, and in the book Girls! Girls! Girls! in Contemporary Art (edited by Catherine Grant and Lori Waxman, Intellect, 2011). My current research is focused on gender and the historical discourse of photography, and I'm working on a book project provisionally titled Camera/Woman: Gender and the History of Photography that addresses the relationship between the construction of femininity and the historiographical construction of the medium of photography from the 1850s to the present day. In addition to my academic research I also write on contemporary issues in photography, and contribute regularly to the international art publication Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism.
- Ph: The Postgraduate Photography Research Network
- Either/And - National Media Museum web/publishing project
Since working on my PhD, my research has focused on issues of gender, self-representation and photography, and I continue to work in this field. My current research project focuses on the discourse of photography, and I am working on a book that addresses the relationship between the historiography of photography and the construction of femininity and the notion of 'woman' at key points in the medium's historical development' from the 1850s to the digital era in the 21st century. I am currently working on an essay 'Picture Making and Picture Taking' that addresses the relationship between femininity and touch for the book Photography, History, Difference edited by Tanya Sheehan.
I am also co-editing (with Dr Jo Applin (University of York) and Dr Francesca Berry (University of Birmingham) the collection of essays Bodies of Work: Feminism and Art History Now.
In addition to my research in photography, I am also interested in wider issues of gender and representation; feminist theory and practice; contemporary art, and feminism; self-portraiture, autobiography and performative narratives of selfhood; as well as feminist issues in pedagogy and art education.
I welcome research students in pursuing research in any of these areas.
Peer-reviewed articles and essays:
'Women and Photography', entry for Grove Art Online (Oxford University Press, guest edited by Photography Field Editor Tanya Sheehan). (Forthcoming Spring 2013).
'Projecting Touch: Francesca Woodman's Late 'Blueprints', Photographies, vol. 5, no. 2 (2012).
'Negotiating Interiority: Displacement and Belonging in the 'Autoportraits' of Lydia Maria Julien' in Penny Sparke & Anne Massey (eds), Biography, Identity and the Modern Interior (Ashgate Publishing; in press).
'Being Girlish', in Catherine Grant & Lori Waxman (eds), GIRLS! GIRLS! GIRLS! in Contemporary Art (London: Intellect Books, 2011).
'A Disappearing Act: Francesca Woodman's 'Portrait of a Reputation'', Oxford Art Journal, vol. 27, no. 1 (Spring 2004).
Reviews and Journalism:
'Artist in Progress', review of Francesca Woodman, Solomon Guggenheim Museum, New York, in Afterimage: Journal of Media Arts & Cultural Criticism (forthcoming September 2012).
'Making/Taking', Paperweight: A Newspaper of Visual and Material Culture (forthcoming Autumn 2012).
'Behind the Mask', review of Gillian Wearing, Whitechapel Gallery, Afterimage: Journal of Media Arts & Cultural Criticism (forthcoming July/August 2012).
'Photography's New Materiality', (co-written with Sandra Plummer and Duncan Wooldridge), Photoworks, no. 18 (Spring/Summer 2012).
'P is for Photography, Pencil Test, and Panegyric Author Riches', review of Critical Dictionary at Work Gallery, London, in Afterimage: Journal of Media Arts & Cultural Criticism (May/June 2012).
'Under the Surface', review of Thomas Struth, Whitechapel Gallery, Afterimage: Journal of Media Arts & Cultural Criticism (Dec 2011).
'Fleeting Glimpses', review of On the Ephemeral in Photography, Hotshoe London, Afterimage: Journal of Media Arts & Cultural Criticism (May 2011).
'Most Haunted', Paperweight: A Newspaper of Visual and Material Culture (no.2 , Spring 2011).
'Diabolical but Beautiful', review of Shadow Catchers: Camera-less Photography, V&A, Afterimage: Journal of Media Arts & Cultural Criticism (Jan 2011).
Review of Eadweard Muybridge (Tate Britain) and Muybridge Revolutions (Kingston Museum) for Afterimage: Journal of Media Arts & Cultural Criticism (Jan 2011).
'In a Kind of Netherworld': Sally Mann's The Family and the Land, Paperweight: A Newspaper of Visual and Material Culture, no. 1, (Oct 2010).
'The Art of Surveillance', Afterimage: Journal of Media Arts & Cultural Criticism (Sept 2010)
'Suspicious Acts in Sensitive Places', KIOSK (FADA, Kingston University, Sept 2010).
'Body Territories', catalogue essay for 'The Body in Women's Art Now', Rollo Contemporary Art, London (12 October 2009-20 January 2010).
'Is That Me? Surface & Self-Representation in Contemporary Art', 5,000 word article in Exit Express, no. 43 (April 2009).
'Delayed Objects', Afterimage: Journal of Media Arts & Cultural Criticism vol. 37, no. 1 (July 2009).
'Exact Seeing', review of Do Not Refreeze at the German Embassy, Afterimage: Journal of Media Arts & Cultural Criticism, vol. 36, no. 6 (April 2009).
'Second-Long Fictions: Sarah Moon', review of Sarah Moon' at Royal College of Art and Michael Hoppen, Afterimage: Journal of Media Arts & Cultural Criticism, vol. 36, no. 4 (Jan/Feb 2009).
2011-present: 'Photography's New Materiality', research strand for Either/And National Media Museum-funded publishing/web project. Co-curator and contributor, with Sandra Plummer (Sotheby's Institute) and Duncan Wooldridge (Camberwell College of Arts). http://eitherand.org/
Teaching areas & responsibilities
Director of Critical and Historical Studies (Fine Art)
- 2011 - presentExternal Examiner, BA(Hons) History of Art, Birkbeck, University of London
- 2010 - presentExternal Examiner, BA(Hons) Fine Art (History & Theory), UCA (Canterbury)
- 2010 - presentMember of AHRC-funded PH: The Postgraduate Photography Research Network
- 2006 - presentAdvisory Board & Peer Reviewer: Object: Graduate Research & Reviews in History of Art & Visual Culture (University College London)
Educational and professional qualifications
- 2011Post Graduate Certificate Teaching & Learning in Higher Education, Kingston University
- 2004PhD History of Art University of London, University College London
- 1999MA History of Art University College London
- 1997BA(Hons) History of Modern Art University of Manchester
- 1993Foundation Certificate in Art & Design Anglia Polytechnic University
Conferences & events
Conferences & Events:
May 2012: Invited participant at Scholars' Day for the retrospective Francesca Woodman, Solomon Guggenheim Museum, New York.
March 2012: 'Making and Taking: Gender and the History of Photography', paper delivered at Photography, History, Difference session at AAH Annual Conference, Open University.
December 2011: 'Hand-me-down history: learning to teach and teaching to learn as a feminist', invited speaker at British Art Seminar Series, Tate Britain.
June 2011: 'Just Like a Little Girl', invited speaker at History of Photography Research Seminar Series and book launch, Courtauld Institute of Art.
March 2011: 'Spinning Tales: Narratives of Trauma and Loss in the work of Sigalit Landau', Seminar Series, Reading University.
February 2011: 'Hand-me-down history: learning to teach and teaching to learn as a feminist', The Granddaughters' Generation: Feminism and Art History Now, UCL.
May 2010: 'More or less graceful': looking back at Muybridge's bodies', invited speaker at Muybridge in Kingston launch event, BFI.
May 2010: 'Negotiating Interiority: narratives of displacement and belonging in the autoportraits of Lydia Maria Julien', paper delivered at Interior Lives, The Modern Interiors Research Centre Conference, Kingston University.
Leader of public reading group on 'Writing and Difference: Jacques Derrida', The Photographers' January 2010: Gallery, London, 14 January.
January 2009: 'Katy Grannan: The Westerns', public gallery talk, The Photographers' Gallery.
April 2007: 'Practising space: adolescence & photography in the interior', paper presented at Contestations, AAH Annual Conference, University of Ulster, Belfast.
November 2007: 'Projecting touch: Francesca Woodman's late 'blueprints', paper presented at Colour Photography: From Autochrome to Cibachrome, conference at Courtauld Institute of Art.
Grants, funding and awards
- 2011Visual & Material Culture Research Centre, Kingston University, Research Leave
- 2004UCL Graduate School Discretionary Award funding for research publication costs
- 2002UCL Graduate School Research Projects Fund, Major Award for international research trip
- 2000 - 2004AHRC full Doctoral Award, plus small AHRC grant for national research trip
Research groups & programmes
Riches, Harriet (2012) Projecting touch: Francesca Woodman's late "blueprints". Photographies, 5(2), pp. 135-157. ISSN (print) 1754-0763
Riches, Harriet (2009) Esa soy yo? Rastreando el yo en el arte contemporaneo. Exit Express(43), pp. 19-29. ISSN (print) 1697-5405
Riches, Harriet (2013) Negotiating interiority: displacement and belonging in the 'Autoportraits' of Lydia Maria Julien. In: Massey, Anne and Sparke, Penny, (eds.) Biography, identity and the modern interior. Farnham, U.K. : Ashgate. ISBN 9781409439448
Riches, Harriet (2011) Girlish games: playfulness and "drawingness" in the work of Francesca Woodman and Lucy Gunning. In: Grant, Catherine and Waxman, Lori, (eds.) Girls! Girls! Girls! in contemporary art. Bristol, U.K. : Intellect. pp. 63-86. ISBN 9781841503486
Conference or Workshop Item
Riches, Harriet [Speaker] (2009) Public gallery talk and tour for 'Katy Grannan: the Westerns'. In: Katy Grannan: the Westerns; 06 Dec 2008 - 08 Feb 2009, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)