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Esther Windsor

Esther Windsor

Senior Lecturer in Fine Art and Art and Design

Birmingham School of Art

I am a curator, artist and writer. I have curated at Camerawork Gallery and Darkroom, The Photographers’ Gallery, the ICA and The Royal British Society of Sculptors. I established two art school galleries, the waiting room, University of Wolverhampton and mirror, LCP London. I was director at Hull Time Based Arts and Co-directed, with Dallas Seitz, an artist led space 1000 000 mph, London. I have taught across Fine Theory and Practice for fifteen years, most recently on MFA & MA Art and Space with Cullinan and Richards at Kingston University. 

I studied my BA at Goldsmiths where, after having Dick Hebdige and Valerie Walkerdine as lecturers, I became interested in subcultures, class and femininity. I did my MA in Photographic Studies while working at Camerawork Gallery, where I met Stuart Hall, a board member, who had a lasting influence. On my MA I had Oliver Richon and Helen Chadwick as tutors, which led me to study at The Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research and on an MA in Psychoanalytic Studies with Darian Leader, Parveen Adams and Slavoj Žižek. (And to attend the lecture programme of Mark Cousins at the Architectural Association, London). 

My research and practice emerged from Practice based Fine Art PhD study at Kingston University, where I made text work, photography and expanded sculpture, including a novel about characters in a contemporary art world. My Research looks at political subjectivities, femininity, re activated psychoanalytic texts and the exhibition as art work. I consider relationships of learning and art production as part of my practice. I have lived in Tokyo, New York and London and I find the micro cultures and rituals of international and local art worlds, fascinating.

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