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Maura E. McCreight
Ph.D Student in Art History,
The Graduate Center, CUNY
I'm currently a Ph.D student in Art History at The Graduate Center, CUNY in New York and teach Art History at Brooklyn College. I am a member of the Photography Network, American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS), Le Centre d’Etudes Maghrébines à Tunis (CEMAT), and The Centre d’Etudes Maghrébines en Algérie (CEMA), which allow me to foster connections with a broad scholarly network. My research explores the circulation of images within political and artistic networks of exchange between North Africa and Europe, with a focus on women combatants and political prisoners from the National Liberation Front (FLN) during the Algerian War of Independence (1954 - 62). I have an ardent interest in photographic forms that uphold ontologies of storytelling, and non-traditional art mediums that mobilize aesthetics as a tactic of insurgency against state repression.
Before coming to The Graduate Center, I worked in both assistant and managerial positions at several art galleries in New York, including Marlborough Gallery and Gagosian Gallery - experiences that undoubtedly solidified my critique of the blue chip art market's predatory values. I have also worked at the Frye Art Museum as an intern in the Education Department and the Hedreen Gallery at the Lee Center for the Arts in Seattle, WA. I am an activist whose previous work includes legal support for protestors and political prisoners and am currently focused on supporting incarcerated survivors of sexual violence as well as projects related to anarchafeminism.