Cohort 3

Duration of stay: 1 October 2021 – 31 March 2022

Arts and Hums Festival at Kings College, Strand Campus on Wednesday October 18, 2017.

Azadeh Fatehrad

Dr. Azadeh Fatehrad is an artist and curator based in London. Fatehrad’s research, artistic and curatorial practice are intertwined around a process of gathering information and generating new imagery in response to archival material she discovers. Her interdisciplinary research overlaps discourses such as political science, sociology, representation, photography and architecture, as well as cultural studies. Her practice ranges from still and moving images to fictional stories, short films and artist books which have been exhibited internationally at the Royal Academy of Art (London), Somerset House (London), Weltkulturen Museum (Frankfurt am Main), Index: The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation (Stockholm), Lychee One Gallery (London) and The Barn Gallery (Oxford), among others. Fatehrad has received her practice-based PhD from the Royal College of Art (2016) and has conducted diverse projects across Europe and the Middle East, including at the Warburg Institute in London (Iconography: The Representation of Hand Gestures), Archiv für Forschung und Dokumentation Iran (AFDI) in Berlin (National Unity of Women’s Associations), the International Institute of Social History (IISH) in Amsterdam (Sediqeh Dowlatabadi’s Archive), and the Feminist Library in London (Adventures in the Archives); Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt am Main (Scharf Belichted – Objects of Desire in an Ethnographic Collection) and the Institute for Iranian Contemporary Historical Studies (IICHS) in Tehran. Fatehrad’s recent publications including „Sohrab Shahid Saless-Exile: Displacement and the Stateless Moving Image“ (2020) by Edinburgh University Press, UK and „The Poetics and Politics of the Veil in Iran: An Archival and Photographic Adventure“ (2019) by Chicago University Press. Her projects have been positively covered by the likes of the New York Times, Financial Times, CNN, Euronews, Guardian, and British Journal of Photography, among others. Fatehrad is co-founder of „Herstoriographies: The Feminist Media Archive Research Network“ in London and she is on the editorial board for the peer reviewed journal MAI: Feminism & Visual Culture in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Dr. Petr Gibas

Petr Gibas is an anthropologist and cultural geographer based at the Institute of Sociology, Czech Academy of Sciences. His scholarly interest covers issues of home and its relationship to housing, material culture studies of home, and  phenomenological and landscape geography. In all these spheres, he pursues explorations into the intersection of policy and planning, experience and emotionality, and more-than-human entanglements. He is a co-author of books in English – Non-humans in Social Science: Animals, Spaces, Things (2011), Non-humans in Social Sciences: Ontologies, Theories and Case Studies (2014), Nonhumans and after in social science (2016) –, and in Czech – Allotment Gardens: Shadow of the Past or a Glimpse of the Future? (2013), DIY: a fine mosaic of self-led making (2019), Bricolage: From “self-led manual projects” to DIY (2020) –, and numerous articles.

At KWI, he devoted his time to a project titled Post-anthropocentric landscape: reflections on/of de-industrialization during which he sought to finalize a manuscript based on a long-term research of post-socialist (post)industrial spaces. The aim of the project was to chart paths towards a novel understanding of post-anthropocentric landscape at the intersection of cultural studies, anthropology and geography. The final chapter of the manuscript, to be written at the KWI, was to draw inspiration from recent developments in post-humanism, new materialism and their reflection on and in contemporary art and to inquire into what happens over time to and in post-anthropocentric landscape, both real and artistically and scholarly represented.