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National Identity and Exhibition Histories: from fin-de-siècle world’s fairs to contemporary art biennials.

A one-day online symposium organised by Claudia Di Tosto and Maria Chiara Scuderi, generously funded by AHRC M4C.

14 January 2023

Poster for the XXIV Venice Biennale 1948, Venice Biennale - Art Archives
Poster for the XXIV Venice Biennale 1948, Venice Biennale – Art Archives

Symposium convenors:

Claudia Di Tosto

Claudia is co-convenor of the project, and a AHRC Midlands4Cities funded PhD student at the University of Warwick, co-supervised by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. She is currently researching the recent history of the British Pavilion at the Venice Art Biennale through the lenses of global and national art histories, exhibition history and postcolonial theory to explore the Pavilion as site of national self-definition and redefinition. Prior to starting the PhD, she worked for various institutions such as IMMA – Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin, Ireland), V&A (London, UK), Vatican Museums – Contemporary Art Department and MAXXI – National Museum of 21st Century Arts (Rome, Italy).

Maria Chiara Scuderi

Maria Chiara is co-convenor of the project, and a AHRC Midland4Cities funded PhD student at the University of Leicester and at Leicester Museum and Art Gallery (collection department). Her project aims to analyse the Dryad collection and its linkage with the global and colonial context, and how this material culture history relates to museum practice today. With a networking approach, she is interested in the international circulation of objects in missionary exhibitions and international expositions, and how these cultural and political events fostered transcultural relationships during the early twentieth century. Follow Maria Chiara: @MariaChiaraScu

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