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Alexandra Ross


From Scotland, Alexandra Ross is currently Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Centre for Curating the Archive (CCA), Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town.

She recently completed a PhD in the field of curatorial practice exploring the scope and efficacy of conversation-as-method within curatorship and the capturing of its history. The fieldwork of this practice-led investigation into curatorial conversation focused on Manifesta 8, European Biennial of Contemporary Art; the 54th Venice Biennale; and Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art. The biennial provided a rich context in which to situate her research, although this was not the exclusive domain of investigation: also including curatorial education; virtual, international networks; and experimental choreographed environments.

Her research at CCA explores the conversational processes at play within contemporary art practice as they relate to the object housed in the museum archive. Through a combination of longitudinal dialogical engagement with artist, object and context, her work will situate itself within the curatorial, museological and art debates. The interstitial space for exchange provides both context and inspiration.

She read an honours law degree at the University of Edinburgh (2004), followed by a Masters in Museum and Gallery Studies, University of St Andrews (2005), and a Master of Fine Art, University of Dundee (2006). From June 2014-January 2015 she was Curatorial Fellow with ATLAS Arts, on the Isle of Skye. In May 2015 she is invited tutor at Vessel Curatorial Retreat, Bari, Italy and writer in residence Skaftfell, Centre for Visual Art, Seydisfjordur, Iceland.

A bespoke online platform is currently undergoing beta-testing and plays host to some of the interstitial conversations around curatorial practice resulting from her research

She has worked in a variety of organisations including, IZIKO, South African National Gallery (Cape Town), Manifesta 7 (Bolzano), Bonhams Auctioneers (Edinburgh), and the Fruitmarket Gallery (Edinburgh).

Ross has also curated Are we on the Air Yet? (Dundee, GENERATORprojects), Symbiotic Intuition (Dundee, MFA degree show), State of Play (Berlin / Dundee); Dance-On (Bolzano, Tabula Rasa programme, Manifesta 7); and Consuming Culture, as part of the Garden of Forking Paths programme (The Pipe Factory’s contribution to Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2014). She works largely collaboratively with artists, choreographers, dancers, and educators assessing the boundaries, language and genealogy of curatorial practice.