Christian Kravagna

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Christian Kravagna is an art historian, critic and curator. His main research fields are in postcolonial studies, global modernisms, migration, politics of representation and institutional critique. Since 2006 Professor of Postcolonial Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. He held positions as visiting professor and lecturer at University of Vienna, University of Zurich, Leuphana University Luneburg, University of Applied Arts Vienna and Art University Linz. He is co-founder of the research network Multiple Artistic Mobilities – Travelling Artists from/to African and European German-Speaking Countries (MAM). He is an advisory board member of Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational, Tate Modern, London.

Authored books: Transmodern: An Art History of Contact: 1920–60 (Manchester University Press, 2022); Das amerikanische Museum: Sklaverei, Schwarze Geschichte und der Kampf um Gerechtigkeit in Museen der Südstaaten (with Cornelia Kogoj, Vienna/Berlin, 2019); Transmoderne: Eine Kunstgeschichte des Kontakts (Berlin, 2017).

Edited books: Privileg Blick: Kritik der visuellen Kultur (Berlin, 1997); Agenda: Perspektiven kritischer Kunst (Vienna/Bozen, 2000); The Museum as Arena: Artists on Institutional Critique (Cologne, 2001); Routes: Imaging Travel and Migration (Frankfurt, 2007); Transcultural Modernisms (with Model House Research Group, Berlin, 2013).

Essays and reviews in: Artforum, Tate Papers, Camera Austria, springerin, Texte zur Kunst, Third Text, Eikon, Forum International, Kritische Berichte, Kunst-Bulletin, Kunstforum International.

From 2005 to 2014 Christian Kravagna was artistic director (with Hedwig Saxenhuber) of Kunstraum Lakeside in Klagenfurt. (2022)