History of Art


Catherine Ingrams

PhD supervisor: Professor Briony Fer
Working title for PhD: 'Immanent forms and latent creatures: artistic networks in Italy, 1947-1958'

My thesis tracks the developments in issues of form through five case-studies of artists working in Italy. I unpick prevailing notions of a dominant Cold War dynamic to trace instead the reverberations of a more latent content which cuts across binary categories, emerging in both phenomenological and psychoanalytic readings. Drawing on recent critical discourse on the relationship between the ‘sovereign and the beast’, this thesis draws out a bio-political register in the artistic activity of international networks which came to gravitate around the coastal town of Albissola and its environs during the period.

I graduated with a BA in English Literature and Philosophy from Trinity College Dublin, after which I qualified as a lawyer. Whilst working as a human rights solicitor (specialising in asylum and employment law for victims of trafficking), I completed a Graduate Certificate in History of Art at Birkbeck College, followed by a MA at the Courtauld Institute. 


  • Review, ‘Martina Tanga’s Arte Ambientale, Urban Space and Participatory Art’, Critique d’art , Issue 53, 2019
  • Review, ‘Vietato Vietare: Controcultura in Italia 1968 -1977 (Exh.Cat)’, Critique d’art, Issue 53, 2019
  •  ‘‘A kind of Fissure’: Forma (1947-1949)’, Object, No. 20, 2018, pp. 59-81.

Conference papers and presentations:

  • May 2019: ‘Imaginist Spaces in Albissola’ paper, (‘The Spaces of Material Transformation’, UCL Symposium).


  • 2020: Course Tutor, ‘Twentieth Century Futures’, Modern and Contemporary Art in London, UCL
  • 2019: TA to Prof Briony Fer, ‘Image Object: Modernism and After’, UCL BA Advanced Lecture course
  • 2018: TA to Dr Rosemary Moore, ‘Early Modern Bodies’, UCL BA Advanced Lecture course


  • 2019: Hauser & Wirth Institute Pre-doctoral Fellowship 
  • 2017-2020: UCL Departmental Research Studentship (full funding for Ph.D)