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Artist in Residence

For the first time in its history, War Studies boasts its very own Artist in Residence Programme. 

Dr Milena Michalski, AHRC Artist in Residence, 2016-2018

MichalksiDr. Milena Michalski is Artist in Residence for ‘Art and Reconciliation: Conflict, Culture and Community’, an AHRC-funded, inter-disciplinary, collaborative project bringing together academics and artists from the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, the LSE and LCC, University of the Arts London.

For this project, Milena is building on her previous academic and artistic work at King’s on the AHRC ‘Pictures of Peace and Justice’ project, which identified the salience of visual material in transitional justice and its potential for reconciliation and the issues of memorialisation. Her ‘In/Visible War Crimes Sites’ series of artworks is ongoing.

Milena’s visual arts practice engages particularly with place and perception, sight and site, using a range of media including print-making, photography, analogue film, digital video and site-specific installation. Milena’s artwork and academic research complement each other and are interwoven. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, has been the recipient of multiple awards and residencies.


Baptist Coelho, Leverhulme Artist in Residence, 2015-2016

Baptist CoelhoBaptist Coelho is an artist from India who lives and works in Bombay. Since graduating from the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design in 2006, he has been extremely active as a practicing artist, with critically acclaimed solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries in India, as well as internationally.

A key focus of his current practice is to uncover how conflict affects and relates to everyday life. In his artistic process fact-finding and engagement with military and civilian personnel in conflict zones lead to works in various media, including installation and video. These explore aesthetic expressions of conflict, emotion, and the past and present of the experience of war.

As Artist in Residence, Baptist Coelho’s contribution to the Department of War Studies at King’s College London provides an aesthetic perspective on the intersection of everyday life with war, culminating in an exhibition entitled, Traces of War. Working with Professor Vivienne Jabri and Curator Cécile Bourne-Farrell, Baptist Coelho’s work makes an invaluable contribution to the exploration and conceptualization of the intersection of the everyday and the routine with the time of war, how the material, discursive, and psychological dimensions of one temporality come to permeate and affect the other.

Lola Frost, Leverhulme Artist in Residence, 2014-2015

Lola_mugshotDr Lola Frost, artist /scholar lives in London.  Her career as an artist spanning 30 years has included exhibiting in South Africa and in the UK. Her work is included in several major public collections in her native South Africa. Initially this work registered the impact of civil unrest, apartheid, race and gender. Since relocating to the UK in 2002, her feminist painting practice might be characterised as risky and sublime. Her academic career as a senior lecturer in South Africa and part-time tutor in London has involved the teaching of art history and art theory. Since the completion of her PhD at Goldsmiths College in 2007 she has expanded her engagement with the field of aesthetics, writing on aesthetics, politics, ethics and aesthetic risk in art.  

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