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Tom Snow

Adjunct Faculty, MA Contemporary Art, London

PhD. History of Art, University College London

Tom's research interests include critical art practice, visual culture, activism, and aesthetic philosophy. He also teaches at UCL, is editorial correspondent at Ibraaz, and is research assistant for the UK-team of the DigiCONFLICT Research Consortium funded by a European Commission large research grant. His writings have appeared in multiple magazines, journals and book publications.

Tom Snow
  • Publications


    Book and Chapters

    Activism: Documents of Contemporary Art, Whitechapel Gallery and MIT Press (forthcoming, 2023).

    ‘Michael Rakowitz’s The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist,’ in Grey Room, no. 87 (Spring 2022) 100-108.

    ‘Visual Politics and the ‘Refugee’ Crisis: The images of Alan Kurdi,’ in Refuge in a Moving World: Tracing refugee and migrant journeys across disciplines, ed. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh (London: UCL Press, 2020) 166-176.

    ‘An Institutional Retreat: The 13th Istanbul Biennial in the context of Gezi Park,’ in Future Imperfect: Contemporary Art Practices and Cultural Institutions in the Middle East, ed. Anthony Downey (Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2016) 378-393.

    ‘Art, Institutionalism and the politics of publicity,’ in Work-in(g) Public, ed. Rachel Alliston (Berlin, 2015) 45-65. [e-pub: //].

    ‘The Extrovert and the Introvert,’ [on Alighiero e Boetti] in Politics by Other Means: Selected Criticism from Review 31, ed. Houman Barekat and Alison Hugill (Alresford: Zero Books, 2014) 32-37.

    ‘Notes on A Short Film About War,’ in Thompson & Craighead: A Short Film About War (London: The International New Media Gallery, 2013) 5-14.

    ‘Corinne Silva: The Uncompromising Image,’ in Corinne Silva: Wandering Abroad (London: The International New Media Gallery, 2012) 17-23.

    Essay reviews/Magazine essays

    ‘Activism as Art’ in Art Monthly, no. 472 (June 2019) 6-10.

    ‘SALTWATER: A Theory of Thought Forms: The 14th Istanbul Biennial 2015,’ Ibraaz (September 2015) [available at: //].

    ‘Culture Now: Renzo Martens at the ICA,’ Ibraaz (March 2015) [available at: //].

    ‘13th Istanbul Biennial: A Retreat to the Institution,’ Afterall Online (November 2013) [available at:].

  • Conferences And Lectures

    Conferences And Lectures

    ‘Migrancy and Immobility: The Visual Politics of the ‘Refugee’ Crisis, at Beyond Trauma? A Transregional Perspective on Trauma and Aesthetics, ICI Berlin and Forum Transregionale Studien Berlin, 13 – 15 June 2019.

    On Activism as Art, Art Monthly Talk Show, Resonance FM, London, 10 June 2019.

    ‘Striking at the heart of Contemporary Art,’ at Archiving Protest: From the Afterlives of the Event to Archives of Instantaneity, University of Warwick, 13 May 2019.

    ‘Activism and the Work of Art after the Postconceptual Condition,’ at Contemporary Art, Philosophy and Politics after The Postconceptual Condition, University of Surrey, 9 November 2018.

    ‘Implausible Denial: On Visual Politics, Contemporary Art, and the ‘Refugee’ Crisis,’ lecture at Koç University, Istanbul, 16 April 2018.

    ‘Gezi and protest aesthetics in Globalisation,’ [and organiser with Eray Caylı] at Protest//Refuge//Conflict Now: Spatial, Material, and Visual Implications Across the MENA Region, Centre for the Study of Contemporary Art /Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, 22 May 2015.

    ‘13th Istanbul Biennial,’ [and organiser with TJ Demos] at Art and Radical Democracy After Occupy, History of Art Department, University College London, 7 December 2013.