Dr. Maja Fowkes and Dr. Reuben Fowkes are co-founders of the Translocal Institute for Contemporary Art, an independent research platform focusing on the art history of Central Europe and contemporary ecological practices. They head the Postsocialist Art Centre (PACT) at the Institute of Advanced Studies, University College London and co-direct the Getty Foundation-supported program Confrontations: Sessions in East European Art History.
Recent and forthcoming publications include a co-authored book on Central and Eastern European Art Since 1950 (Thames & Hudson World of Art Series, 2019), Maja Fowkes’s The Green Bloc: Neo-Avant-Garde and Ecology under Socialism (2015) and a special issue of Third Text on Actually Existing Artworlds of Socialism (2018). They have recently contributed chapters to Art and Theory of Post-1989 Central and Eastern Europe: A Critical Anthology (2018), The Post-Human Glossary (2018) and Creative Time: Another World is Possible (2019).
Their curatorial projects include the Experimental Reading Room, the Danube River School and they are also founding members of the Environmental Arts and Humanities Initiative at Central European University Budapest. Their curated exhibitions include Walking without Footprints (2016), Like a Bird: Avian Ecologies in Contemporary Art (2014) and Loophole to Happiness (2011).
The Translocal Institute for Contemporary Art is a platform for transnational research into East European art and ecology that operates across the disciplinary boundaries of art history, contemporary art and ecological thought. The Translocal Institute operated from premises in Budapest from 2013 till 2018. In addition to fostering research in the overlapping fields of contemporary art history and ecology, the activities of Translocal Institute include working with universities and art spaces across Europe to realise curatorial projects and contribute to arts education.