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Isobel Whitelegg

Isobel Whitelegg is Director of the MA in Curating at Chelsea College of Art &Design, University of the Arts, London (UAL), and a member of TrAIN: UAL’s centre for research on transnational  art.  She completed her MA (1998) and PhD (2005) in Art History & Theory at the University of Essex,  UK ‐  specializing in modern and contemporary art from Latin America, particularly Brazil.

Her postgraduate research was on the presence and critical reception of Latin American art in England focusing on experimental spaces and practices in the sixties and seventies (see for example, “Signals Echoes Traces”  in Guy Brett &Luciano Figueiredo (eds.) Oiticica in London; Tate Publishers, 2007].

Current research considers the agency of exhibitions and their reception within a transnational Historiography of Latin American art; this has included investigating the local persistence of the Bienal de São Paulo under international boycott (see "The Bienal de São Paulo Unseen/Undone, 1969/81" Afterall #22, Autumn 2009.)

 She was co‐convenor of the first International Research Forum on Transnational Latin American Art at the University of Texas at  Austin (Nov 2009) and the forthcoming conference Meeting Margins Transnational Art Europe Latin America at the University  of Essex in Dec 2010.

 Curatorial projects in process include ‘Towards the Invisible, Signals London’ for IAC São Paulo. She writes regularly on contemporary art, and exhibitions she has curated in collaboration with artists from Brazil include 'Indirections, Nicolás Robbio' (Nicosia: Pharos Centre for Contemporary Art, 2008) and 'This Same World Over, Cinthia Marcelle' (London: Camberwell Space, 2009).