Professor Deborah Cherry

TrAIN Member

I studied in the UK (Edinburgh and London) and I have worked in the UK, the USA, and in Europe, where I am now at the University of Amsterdam. Following my PhD I have written extensively on art in Britain in the nineteenth and early twentieth century with two books, Painting Women (1994) and Beyond the Frame: Feminism and Visual Culture (2000) along with exhibitions such as ‘The Edwardian Era’ (co-curated 1987). These projects, and other essays, have investigated how art and artistic practices and receptions were shaped by formations of gender, race and ethnicity, and relations of power.

Questions of identity, migration and diaspora have informed my research on contemporary art, whether in writing about Tracey Emin (2002), Zarina Bhimji (2002), on sound in recent installation (2001, which considered works by Mona Hatoum, Maud Sulter and Chila Kumari Burman).

Recent edited collections have considered transnational and global perspectives in the study of women artists in the nineteenth century, (Local/Global, co-edited, 2006), Art History and Visual Culture (2004); what happens when art and artists migrate and the significance of space and place (Location, co-edited, 2006); the writings of Stephen Bann (2005), and spectacle, display and the transnational shuttling of objects and curators between cultures of Europe, East and South Asia and North America, (Spectacle and Display, co-edited, 2008).


Related Projects

  • TrAIN Conversations

    What makes a transnational practice or perspective in art or curating? TrAIN Conversations are informal conversations with invited artists and curators, followed by round-table discussions with the participants.

    Speakers have included Gayatri Sinha, curator and critical writer on art, based in New Delhi, Paul Domela, curator of the Liverpool Biennale, Ingrid Pollard, photographer based in London, Judy Freya Sibayan, artist and curator based in Manila, Charles Esche, curator and Director of the Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven; and Jonathan Martin, filmmaker based in London.
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    Transnational Correspondence

    Transnational Correspondence is a collaboration between TrAIN and PPGAV, the centre for fine art research of the School of Fine Arts, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. It stems from ongoing research carried out by TrAIN Research Fellow Dr Michael Asbury into the comparative reception of Brazilian art at national and international levels.
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    Afterlives of Monuments

    South Asia is famous for its monuments, past and present. This research project has been developed through a series of international conferences and seminars, culminating in the publication of a special issue on The Afterlives of Monuments in South Asian Studies, published by Taylor and Francis as volume 29 issue 1, spring 2013.
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    Research on the Art of Maud Sulter

    Deborah Cherry has won a Grants for Arts award from Arts Council England for the research and development of an exhibition of the work of Maud Sulter.

    Maud Sulter (1960–2008) was an award-winning artist and writer, curator and gallerist of Ghanaian and Scottish heritage who lived and worked in Britain.
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