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Tom Snow

Faculty, MA Contemporary Art, London

PhD. History of Art, University College London

MA History of Art, University College London.

BA (Hons.) History of Art, Asia, Africa, Europe, University College London and School of Oriental and African Studies.

Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, Leeds College of Art.

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 was recently the 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

    Ed., with Afonso Dias Ramos, Activism: Documents of Contemporary Art, (London and Cambridge: 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.

    ‘Engagement or Acquiescence? On ‘Critique in Practice: Renzo Martens’ Episode III: Enjoy Poverty’ in Third Text (Dec 2020): [//]

    ‘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

    ‘Remakes: Contemporary Art and Cultural Heritage, twice,’ keynote lecture at Paragon Encounters – Dialogues Trough the Arts symposium, University of Lisbon, 26 May 2023.

    ‘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.

    ‘Decolonising History: Visualisations of Conflict in a ‘Post-War’ Europe,’ Centre for the Study of Contemporary Art, University College London, 18 March 2017.

    ‘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.

    ‘Working Publics’ [and chair] at, Agoraphobia: Railings Through Public Space, Senate House, London, 31 October 2013.