Celebrating Female Agency in the Arts - Christie's Education Symposium

The Place of Women in Global Contemporary Art

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This session highlights the vibrant and speedily evolving arena of women in global contemporary art, focusing on the art scenes in India, Turkey and Latin America. It engages with women involved in artistic production and the female dealers, patrons and curators navigating in—and often leading-- the art world. It also addresses theoretical, financial and political frameworks.

Georgina Bexon looks at a group of women who have developed roles as ‘philanthropist-collector-curators’ in the dynamic art centres of New Delhi and Mumbai, cities which have been the focus of phenomenal cultural growth in the past twenty years.

Tugce Karatas adopts a feminist approach to highlight those women who have been key players in the Istanbul art-world since 1987, the year of the first Istanbul Bieniall. Incorporating many cultural perspectives, she highlights the central roles played by women which deserve greater recognition.

Erika Zerwes explores two photographers who exhibited in Mexico City. These are Claudia Andujar who, midst violence, disease and political intervention, captured on film the Yanomami in the Amazon region; and Nair Benedicto, herself a former political prisoner, who photographed tortured children imprisoned in São Paulo.


Cecily Hennessy

Erika Zerwes
Georgina Bexon 

Tugce Karatas

Course dates

June 26 - 27, 2018

Christie's New York
20 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10020

Cecily Hennessy

Dr Cecily Hennessy
Director of Studies, Christie’s Education London

Dr Cecily Hennessy is the Director of Studies at Christie’s Education, London. Previously, Cecily was the Programme Director for Art and Collecting: Antiquity to Renaissance degree programme. She received her PhD from the Courtauld Institute in 2001, and she subsequently worked at the Courtauld as Head of Short Courses and Adult Learning before joining Christie's Education in 2006. 

Cecily has published Images of Children in Byzantium in 2008 followed by a guide to the paintings in Cappadocia in 2013 and several articles on children, adolescence and the family in Byzantium, on middle and late Byzantine manuscripts, and on the topography and paintings of  Constantinople, Ravenna and Jerusalem. She is currently finishing a short guide to medieval Rome.



Georgina Bexton

Georgina Bexon
Art Historian

Paper Title: Beyond Gender-Parity: The New Patrons of India's Contemporary Art World

Georgina Bexon is an art historian specializing in modern and contemporary South Asian art and issues of cultural globalization.  She also works as a consultant to international clients and maintains a wide network of gallery and artist connections in Europe, the USA and particularly India, which she visits regularly.

Georgina holds a BA in History of Art from Southampton University in the UK and MAs in Arts Policy from City University London and Contemporary Art History from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.  She commenced her career as a researcher at the National Museum of Singapore before pursuing a freelance career and  has lectured at various institutions including Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Christie’s Education New York, Brighton and Sussex Universities and The Arts Society in the UK and she has presented papers at international academic conferences. Georgina is a member of the Association for Art History, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Asiatic Society in the UK.


Tugce Karatas
Independent Researcher and Curator

Paper Title: A League of Their Own: Turkish Women’s Journey in Globalized Art Scene From 1987 to 2017

Tugce Karatas (b.1989, Turkey) is an independent researcher and curator based in Istanbul. Trained in Design at ESAD (Porto) and in Curating Contemporary Design at Kingston University (London), she specialises in the dissemination of design through media, curatorial practice, research, and writing. She works collaboratively and across disciplines. Following her graduation, she assisted and helped developing projects for several institutions such as Design Museum, Crafts Council, Architectural Association, Contemporary Art Society and Somerset House in London by pursuing her curiosity for the potential of emerging interpretive tools for engaging audiences with curation. Her research specifically engages with the notion of the curated environment as a stage for intellectual exchange – for collaborating, experimenting and cultural producing. In 2015, her paper “Instant City Manifesto: Critical Utopianism” was awarded by Design History Society as a part of Annual DHS Conference which was held at California College of the Arts, San Francisco. World Design Organisation (Also known as ICSID, International Councils of Societies of Industrial Design) published her profile as a part of ‘International Young Designers’ programme. Lately, as a co-founder of Design Atlas, Tugce has the mission of curating international projects with local creatives for collaborative intellectual exchange. Design Atlas is the new age community which involves, evolves and collaborates in the experience of the local network. She helps developing professional identity and image for the creative communities while researching through digital histories and gender in design history. 


Erika Zerwes
Museum of Contemporary Art, University of São Paulo

Paper Title: Photographic humanism, political resistance and Latin American visual culture: the photographs of Claudia Andujar and Nair Benedicto

Erika Zerwes is currently a Postdoctoral researcher at the Museum of Contemporary Art of University of São Paulo, MAC-USP, Brazil, funded by FAPESP. She holds a PhD in History (Universidade Estadual de Campinas - UNICAMP, Brazil, 2013), with a FAPESP scholarship and a CAPES funding for a séjour doctorale at the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales de Paris - EHESS, France. Author of the upcoming book Tempo de Guerra: cultura visual e cultura política nas fotografias dos fundadores da agência Magnum, 1936-1947. 

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