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Hello & Welcome

 

Maura E. McCreight

Maura is currently working on a Ph.D. in Art History at The Graduate Center, CUNY, with a focus on the history of photography and the Maghrib regions. She is a lecturer in the Art Department at Brooklyn College, and a credentialed educator through the American Council on Education in College Instruction. She is a member of the Photography Network, American Institute for Maghrib Studies, Le Centre d’Etudes Maghrébines à Tunis, and The Centre d’Etudes Maghrébines en Algérie.


Her work explores the circulation of images within political and artistic networks of exchange between North Africa and Europe, and her dissertation aims to retrace photographs of women, including combatants and political prisoners from the National Liberation Front (FLN), during the Algerian War of Independence (1954 - 62). She has 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. Her research has received several fellowships and awards, including an honor for her Images of Research on view at E 34th and 5th Ave in fall 2021.


Before coming to the Graduate Center, Maura worked at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle as a gallery guide and educator. She has held positions at several art galleries in New York, including Gagosian Gallery and Marlborough Gallery, where she learned many practical exhibition planning skills but also witnessed the art world's Machiavellian abuse of power. She is an organizer who has done legal support work for protestors and political prisoners and is passionate about supporting projects related to anarchafeminism.

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Photo: Alex Irklievski

Header Image Attribution: Manifestations de partisans de l'Algérie française, Alger, janvier 1960 by Marc Riboud© Marc Riboud / Fonds Marc Riboud au MNAAG is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Permissions to use: © Marc Riboud / Fonds Marc Riboud au MNAAG