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Dr Benedict Burbridge

Post:Lecturer in Art History (Art History)
Location:ARTS A A135

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UK:01273 606755 ext. 2176
International:+44 1273 606755 ext. 2176

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Dr. Ben Burbridge holds degrees in Art History from the University of Sussex (B.A. Hons., M.A.) and The Courtauld Institute of Art (Ph.D.). From 2008, he held the position of Visiting Lecturer at The Courtauld Institute, before joining the University of Sussex as a Lecturer in 2011.

Burbridge has extensive experience developing research projects with museums, galleries and arts organisations. His curated exhibitions include We Are Witnessing the Dawn of an Unknown Science (Permanent Gallery, Brighton, 2007); No Passaran! Robert Capa and the Spanish Civil War (Charleston Farmhouse Gallery, Firle, 2007); The Daily Nice Take Away (Kunsthaus, Essen, 2010); and the 2012 Brighton Photo Biennial, Agents of Change: Photography and the Politics of Space. A forthcoming exhibition at London's Science Museum focuses on the 'traffic' of early scientific photography. Burbridge's experience as a curator has led him to work on exhibitions with artists and photographers including Omer Fast, Ed Clarke, Jason Larkin, Corinne Silver, Thompson and Craighead, John 'Hoppy' Hopkins, and Jason Evans.

Burbridge is Co-Director of the University of  Sussex’s Centre for the Visual: a pioneering research centre aimed at fostering inter-disciplinary dialogues around visual culture. The Centre works closely with institutional partners such as Tate, Brighton Photo Biennial, The Science Museum and the BFI to organise research projects, talks, events and exhibitions.  Burbridge is also the co-founder of Ph, an AHRC-funded network of more than thirty UK-based academics working with photography. Ph are Commissioning Editors of Either/And, a web-based project developed by the National Media Museum as a space to discuss key issues in contemporary media.

From 2003-2014, Burbridge worked with the visual arts organization Photoworks. As Co-Editor of Photoworks magazine, he was responsible for commissioning new writing by authors including Martha Rosler, Blake Stimson, Jorge Ribalta, Geoffrey Batchen and Ariella Azoulay, and showcasing work by artists including David Moore, Nina Berman, Broomberg and Charnarin, Erica Scourti and Simon Faithfull. While at Photoworks, he was also involved with the production of artists’ books, commissions, talks programmes and exhibitions.

Burbridge has written extensively on photography, politics and contemporary art, including articles, essays and interviews about leading artists and curators including Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Thomas Ruff, Nan Goldin, Ronnie Close, Trevor Paglen, Charlotte Cotton, Mike Mandel, Anthony Luvera, Paul Shambroom and Martin Parr. He has given numerous talks and lectures at galleries, museums and universities including The Photographers' Gallery, Tate Modern, the Hayward Gallery, Sotherby's Institute, The Science Museum and the Palais de Tokyo.