Christiana Myers

Research title: Curating COVID-19: Epidemiological Metaphor in Contemporary Societal and Museological Shifts

Research Summary

My research explores and traces the representation and contextualisation of COVID-19 in contemporary art by analysing the artistic and curatorial use of epidemiological metaphor. It investigates the ways in which the virus is being employed or weaponised symbolically amid concurrent crises of health and social injustice and how these characterisation methods may reflect, or influence, the art historical narratives and social dynamics of illness. Contemporaneous requests made to cultural institutions for evolved accountability and responsibility spurred by the exacerbated civil conditions of the pandemic will also be examined in order to produce a timely and comprehensive art historical record.


Canada-UK Foundation Studentship

Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation Advanced Studies Scholarship