TrAIN Management Board Member – Dean of Research
I was born in Singapore and grew up in Europe and the UK, studying History and Theory of Art at the University of Essex. My doctoral subject formed the basis for work on the 1992 Hayward exhibition The Art of Ancient Mexico. I have written extensively on contemporary Latin American art, notably including Drawing the Line: Art and Cultural Identity in Contemporary Latin America (Verso 1989, co-author Valerie Fraser) and collaborated with inIVA and Gerardo Mosquera to produce Beyond the Fantastic: Art Criticism from Contemporary Latin America (inIVA/MIT 1996).
With Toshio Watanabe and Partha Mitter, I co-ran and explored the themes of ‘Nation, Identity and Modernity: Visual Culture of India, Japan and Mexico, 1860s-1940’ as part of a three year AHRB funded research project.
More recent publications include an essay on Ancient Mexican sources within early modern architecture in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Art Deco (2003) catalogue and an essay on contemporary responses to Frida Kahlo for the Tate Modern exhibition for which I also organised an international conference exploring themes raised in this essay, The Many Faces of Frida at Tate Modern (2005).
I am Professor of Art History and Dean of Research for the University of the Arts- London.