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Biography

Dr Linda Jean Pittwood joined the School of Art, Design and Architecture University of Huddersfield in 2019 as a Research Assistant in Art and Visual Culture. Linda was awarded a PhD in Critical Theory and Cultural Studies in 2019 from The University of Nottingham with co-supervision from Birmingham City University and funding from Midlands4Cities DTP (her thesis is titled: Inscribing women onto bodies: an encounter with performance, photography and video art from Beijing and Shanghai 1999-2016).

Prior to focusing on contemporary art from China, Linda was Exhibition Officer for Art Galleries at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 2009-2015. She graduated from St Andrews University with a MLitt Museum and Art Gallery Studies in 2010 and holds a BA (hons) in Fine Art from Liverpool School of Art (LJMU). Linda has published widely as an art critic.

Research Expertise and Interests

Dr Linda Jean Pittwood has been focusing since 2014 on researching contemporary Chinese art and is particularly interested in investigating the outputs of female artists and representations of 'women.'

Her thesis re-assessed the work of seven well-known artists based in the PRC to argue for attention to gendered subjectivity, practices of 'speaking the truth' onto bodies, and what is at stake in practices of gendered meaning-making. The theoretical framework combined Michel Foucault's category of 'biopower' with turn of the 20th-century anarcho feminist He-Yin Zhen's 'nannü'. This enabled attention to the flows of power that discipline the body, manage populations and produce the binary categories women/men. To collect data, she used an approach of 'the encounter,' which foregrounds the role of the researcher and the transformational potential of encounters with artists, art, place and the archive.

Pittwood's new research is a collaboration with Dr Rachel Marsden, Lecturer in Practice Research University of the Arts, London (UAL). Pittwood and Marsden in the project 'Gender Scars' are interested in the outputs of female artists of the Chinese diaspora and their work relating to skin, scars, trauma and wellbeing. 

Research interests

  • Contemporary Chinese art
  • 'Women' and gender studies
  • Chinese feminisms
  • Foucault
  • Skin, trauma, scars
  • Somatic research methods

 

 

External positions

Visiting lecturer and GTA, University of Nottingham

1 Jan 20171 Apr 2019

Research Expertise and Interests

  • China
  • Visual culture
  • Contemporary art
  • Gender studies
  • Critical theory
  • Foucault
  • Feminism
  • Performance art
  • Museum interpretation
  • Video art
  • Contemporary art practice
  • Practice as research

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Research Output 2012 2019

  • 5 Article
  • 2 Exhibition
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Book/Film/Dance Article review

Flipping through a magazine: The consumed and consuming 'woman' in contemporary Chinese art

Pittwood, L., 1 Mar 2019, In : Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art. 6, 1, p. 113-129 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Contemporary Chinese Art
Artwork
China
Female Body
Textual Analysis

Book review: Translation and Travelling Theory: Feminist Theory and Praxis in China

Pittwood, L., 2017, In : Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art. 16, 2, p. 99-103 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Dance Article review

book review
China

Traversing the Radials of Culture's Webs

Pittwood, L., 2017, Transatlantic Seaside Moderne: by Jenny Steele.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
Transatlantic
World Wide Web
Artist's Book
Artist
Seaside

Visualizing biopower, discipline and the female body in mid-twentieth century China

Pittwood, L., 1 Sep 2017, In : Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art. 4, 2-3, p. 203-220 18 p., 6.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

China
Propaganda
Female Body
Biopower
Visual Imagery
Contemporary Chinese Art
Curating
Translation Studies
Art
Curation

Activities 2015 2019

  • 7 Oral presentation
  • 1 Membership of network

Gender Scars: skin and wellbeing in the work of women artists in China and beyond

Linda Pittwood (Speaker)
13 Feb 201916 Feb 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Woman, Demon, Human

Linda Pittwood (Speaker)
21 Jun 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Chinese contemporary and modern art through the lens of the female

Linda Pittwood (Speaker)
20 Jun 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Sperm, IVF and male bloodline in the work of two artists from the PRC

Linda Pittwood (Speaker)
Jun 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Gender Scars: skin and wellbeing in the work of women artists in China and beyond

Linda Pittwood (Speaker)
2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Press / Media

Sex Dolls Are Replacing China’s Missing Women

Linda Pittwood

28/09/17

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment