No Other Symptoms : Jewishness in Art in the 1990s
This thesis will explore how Jewishness was articulated in artistic practice and discourse during the 1990s in London and New York. It will argue that the category of Jewishness that appears during this period is different to previous iterations, pointing to a shift away from religious motifs and scenes of Jewish life towards a performance of a secular Judaism that is framed in cultural and ethnic terms. This ‘new’ category of Jewishness will be complicated through a study of Suzanne Treister’s work, who, with her time-travelling alter ego Rosalind Brodsky and eponymous 1999 CD-ROM No Other Symptoms: Time Travelling with Rosalind Brodsky situates Jewishness in fiction, kitsch and delusion.
While similar strategies are employed to articulate Jewishness during the 1990s, the separate efforts of artists, art historians and curators have not been connected before. My project will map their efforts against the development of identity politics, asking what it means for Jewishness to be taken up within this framework.
This PhD project is fully funded by the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (AHRC) and supervised by Professor Tamar Garb.
MA in History of Art, The Courtauld Institute of Art, 2014-2015 (Distinction)
BA in History of Art and French, University of Manchester, 2009-2013 (First)
Research Coordinator, Tate Research Centre: Asia (2015-2018)
Contemporary art; representations of Jewish identity and Jewishness; historiography of the history of art; the development of identity politics; alter egos; new media and videogame art