Dr Antigoni Memou is Senior Lecturer in Art History at the School of Arts and Digital Industries. After a first degree in Archaeology and Art History at the University of Athens (Greece), she completed her MA in Modern and Contemporary Art at Winchester School of Art (University of Southampton) and her PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art. She has previously taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art, at Nottingham Trent University and in the MA programmes in Photography and Contemporary Art at the Sotheby's Institute of Art in London.
Antigoni is the author of ‘Photography and Social Movements’ published by Manchester University Press in 2013. She has published in the academic journals Third Text, Photographies, Philosophy of Photography and Ephemera and she has contributed book chapters to edited collections.
Antigoni has presented her research in numerous international academic conferences including the Association of Art Historians Annual Conference (2007 & 2010), where she also co-convened sessions (‘Relocations: Photography Within, Across, and Outside the Museum since the 1970’ in 2008 and ‘In and Out of History: Media and Politics in Latin America’ in 2011). She has been an invited speaker at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Sabanci University in Istanbul (Turkey) in 2010 and at the conferences ‘Curating Resistance: Aesthetics and Ethics in Social Movement’ at the University of Essex in 2010 and ‘The French Connection: New Perspectives on French Contemporary Art Across Disciplines’ at Cambridge University in 2008. In 2012, she was invited to contribute to the ‘Art and Globalisation Talks’ at Stills Gallery in Edinburgh.
Antigoni is a member of the Association of Art Historians, a member of the Global Nominations Panel for the Prix Pictet (The Global Award in Photography and Sustainability and a member of the Organising Committee of the research seminar Marxism In Culture, She has been previously an Associated Researcher in the European Protest Movements’ Network and she has acted as a reviewer for the journals Theory, Culture and Society (Special issue on Globalisation, 2010) and Photographies, for the Czech Science Foundation (Grants for Photography) and the 36th Macromarketing Conference (Stream: Art, Culture and Markets).
Antigoni’s research interests are in the history and theory of photography; the impact of globalisation on contemporary art and photography; social movements, politics and contemporary art; photographic and artistic practices from Latin America; new technologies in art; issues in contemporary display; activist art and tactical media; cultural and critical theory; crossdisciplinary approaches to art history.