Ms Jareh Das

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Research interests

Between 2013 -2017 I completed an AHRC funded collaborative doctorate offered in partnership with The Arts Catalyst, London. My thesis 'Bearing Witness: On Pain in Performance Art', considers the role of witness applied to contemporary performance art practices. I examine how pain operates in this context, alongside addressing the resistance and complexities associated with theorising this emotion, phenomenon and feeling.

Personal profile

My research interests are interdisciplinary across performance art, illness, immersive experiences, ethics and activism. My doctoral research focused on performing bodies, audience witnessing, and pain-based practices used by artists. It considers performances that resist clear categorisations i.e. focusing on live art operating at the intersections of ‘art and science’ encompassing the medical, cultural and social.

I have previously worked as 'Artist Liaison' at Etemad Gallery, Dubai from 2011-2012. I also worked between London and Middlesbrough at MIMA (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art) as part of The Royal College of Art, London practice-based MA in Curating Contemporary Art from 2009-2011.

Recently curated exhibitions and events include Martin O'Brien: Taste of Flesh/Bite Me I'm Yours, White Building London (2015), Koscmica x Astroculture with Kapwani Kiwanga, Arts Catalyst, London (2013), Performing Memetics at SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin (2012) and Ubi sunt, a group exhibition of emerging and established artists which created an experiential environment in a disused chapel in South London (2011). 


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