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Students for a Democratic Society protest poster, 1968, USA, E.308-2004, Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Students for a Democratic Society protest poster, 1968, USA, E.308-2004, Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Name: Elisa Bailey

Role: Research Assistant- Revolutions: Records and Rebels- 1966- 1970

Research Interests prose

I am generally interested in the use of visual media/symbols and art as a vehicle for social change alongside the changing role of the artist in societies experiencing and emerging from repression or conflict. I have looked at post-Revolutionary Cuban posters and imagery in the Cuban literacy campaign; the use of visual symbols and art to assert Human Rights claims by Greek- and Turkish Cypriots; collective and individual graphic representation in North Africa during and since the Arab Spring; and compliance and resistance with regard to self-censorship on the Tehran art scene. I am interested in the work of John Akomfrah and the Black Audio Film Collective, as well as the relationship between film and other media (predominantly painting), which I have explored in the context of post-war Italian cinema. I am now keen to learn more about documentary film-making/ makers.

Alongside a broad range of 1960s reading for Revolutions, I am focussing on posters and cinema. The riots of May ’68 in Paris and beyond, the Black Panther Party, San Francisco Bay area activism and international solidarity are all areas that I enjoy exploring through the related fantastic graphic art production.

Outside of the V&A I am collaborating in research on Bulgarian socialist monuments and –separately(!) –Cynthia Payne.

Selected Research Outputs (Exhibitions)

Curatorial Assistant for:

  • Judy Chicago and Louise Bourgeois, Helen Chadwick, Tracey Emin - A Transatlantic dialogue (November 2012- March 2013, at Ben Uri- Art, Identity and Migration)
  • The Inspiration of Decadence: Dodo Rediscovered - Berlin 1920-30s: Fashion, jazz, sex, Jung, art, politics and migration (June- September 2012, at Ben Uri- Art, Identity and Migration- as intern)

Books and exhibition catalogues

I prepared the appendices (artist biographies, selected exhibitions, bibliography and chronology) for Dickson, Rachel (ed.) Judy Chicago (Lund Humphries, 2012)

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