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Reuben Fowkes is an art historian, curator and director of the Translocal Institute for Contemporary Art, a centre for transnational research into East European art and ecology that operates across the disciplinary boundaries of art history, contemporary art and ecological thought. His collaborative work with Maja Fowkes has focused on the theory and aesthetics of East European art from the art production of the socialist era to contemporary artistic practices, while interests within the field of art and ecology have entailed investigation of environmental art history under socialism, visual cultures of the Anthropocene, the position of art within the environmental humanities, and the intersections of contemporary art with plants, animals, rewilding, the biosphere and beyond-human anthropology.
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Dr. Maja Fowkes
Maja Fowkes is an art historian, curator and head of research at Translocal Institute for Contemporary Art. She is the author of The Green Bloc: Neo-avant-garde Art and Ecology under Socialism (2015), a pioneering account that addresses how the natural environment figured in the practice of East European artists around 1970. Her current research interests include the thematic exploration of issues in the emerging field of environmental arts and art history, developing new narratives of Central and East European art history, as well as investigating aspects of performance art since the 1960s. Her collaborative work with Reuben Fowkes has included curating group and solo shows, research and publishing on the work of individual artists, as well as critical contributions to debates in art history and contemporary art.