Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Dr Reuben Fowkes

Co-Director Postsocialist Art Centre, Research Fellow, Socialist Anthropocene in the Visual Arts

Dr Reuben Fowkes is an art historian, curator and co-director of the Post-socialist Art Centre (PACT) at the Institute of Advanced Studies, UCL. His publications include Art and Climate Change (Thames & Hudson, 2022), Central and Eastern European Art Since 1950 (Thames & Hudson, 2020), Ilona Németh: Eastern Sugar (Sternberg Press, 2021) and a special issue of Third Text on ‘Actually Existing Artworlds of Socialism’ (2018). Recent curatorial projects include the exhibitions ‘Colliding Epistemes’ at Bozar Brussels (2022) and ‘Potential Agrarianisms’ at Kunsthalle Bratislava (2021). He is a Research Fellow on the Socialist Anthropocene in the Visual Arts (SAVA), a research project funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) under the UK government’s Horizon Europe funding guarantee.

Selected publications

  • Art and Climate Change, Thames & Hudson World of Art series, 2022
  • Central and Eastern European Art Since 1950, Thames & Hudson World of Art series, 2020
  • Ilona Németh: Eastern Sugar, Sternberg Press, 2020
  • ‘Actually Existing Artworlds of Socialism,’ guest edited special issue, Third Text, no.153, July 2018. 

For a full list of publications, see Reuben’s IRIS profile.

Selected exhibitions

  • ‘Colliding Epistemes,’ Bozar Brussels, Belgium, May-June 2022
  • ‘Potential Agrarianisms,’ Kunsthalle Bratislava, Slovakia, August-October 2021
  • ‘Walking without Footprints,’ tranzit.sk, Bratislava, December 2015-February 2016
  • ‘Like a Bird: Avian Encounters in the Age of Ecology,’ Trafó Budapest / tranzit.ro Bucharest, 2014
  • ‘Loophole to Happiness,’ Muzeum Sztuki Lodz / Trafó Budapest / Futura Prague 2011

Grants / projects

  • Getty Foundation Connecting Art Histories grant for ‘Confrontations: Sessions in East European Art History’ at Institute for Advanced Studies UCL, 2018-22
  • Erste Foundation grant for ‘The Anthropocene Reading Room’ at the Translocal Institute for Contemporary Art, 2014-16
  • Creative Europe grant for The Danube River School at Translocal Institute for Contemporary Art in partnership with the Green Art Lab Alliance, 2013-15