Clare Carolin is a Doctoral Student in Contemporary Art and Theory at the Ruskin School of Art and The Queen’s College, Oxford. Her research with the Imperial War Museum is supported by an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award.
Notionally titled "Bring the War Home: Civic Participation, Citizenship Rituals and the Representation of Conflict in Contemporary Art", her project is situated at the intersection of the theory and practice of contemporary art and curatorship, activist and social movements, and social, military and media developments in the period between 1968 and the present, during which the IWM’s programme of commissioning contemporary artists has been active. By contextualising individual case studies from the IWM’s programme within the scope of emergent forms of non-linear conflict and the recent expansion of the museum and gallery sector and global infrastructure of contemporary art, the project considers contemporary art about conflict as inextricably linked to the loss of the agency and effectiveness of conventional journalism and changing forms of visual culture and civic participation that define the turn of the 20/21st century. The research will contribute to a major exhibition at the Imperial War Museum in 2017 focusing on art produced since 9/11.
Prior to taking up her research position, between 2007-2014 Clare held various positions in the Curating Contemporary Art Department at the Royal College of Art including Deputy Head of Programme and Senior Research Tutor. From 1999-2006 she was Exhibitions Curator at the Hayward Gallery, London. Prior to that she lived in Madrid and New York where she worked as a journalist, production assistant and curator. She completed an MA (Hons) in Art History at the University of Edinburgh, an MA in Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art and a Diploma in Arts Administration and Management at Birkbeck College, University of London. She is an Associate Lecturer at Sotheby’s Institute and Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Manila.