In her thesis, Naomi looks at the boundaries between the representation and the invention of rituals, focusing on film and video installation work since the 1990s. This thematic project is structured by art historical case studies: works by Mike Kelley, Pierre Huyghe, Gerard Byrne, Ryan Trecartin and Lizzie Fitch that stage various rituals of contemporary social life. The research examines how artists highlight and challenge ethnography and popular culture’s representations of these social patterns, thus bridging a gap between the field of visual anthropology and knowledge on human behavior produced by contemporary art.
Naomi holds an MA in history of art and visual culture from the University of Oxford, a BA in archaeology and art history from Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne, and a foundation degree in film, art and design from ECAL, Lausanne. She is a SNF - Swiss Research Council predoctoral fellow.