BA (UCL), MA (Courtauld Institute of Art), PhD (UCL)
Teresa Kittler is a lecturer in History of Art. Her research focuses on artistic practices from 1945 to present day, with a special interest in Italian postwar art and primarily on issues related to art and the environment and feminism. Since completing her PhD, she been the recipient of fellowships from the British School at Rome and the Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA). She has also worked as Assistant Curator for the 10 Gwangju Biennale (2014).
Teresa’s PhD thesis focused on the social, material, and aesthetic engagement with the image of home on the site of sculptural production by artists in Italy in the 1960s and 1970s. In the context of new definitions of the ‘home’, she considered the way in which the shift toward environment, installation and process-based practices mapped onto the domestic at a time when Italy had become synonymous with modern design, including the design of environments.
Teresa is currently working on a book project, titled Habitats: Art and the Environment Italy, 1945–1975, which examines artistic practice in Italy in the three decades following the Second World War, through the lens of habitat. This ecological concept, which encompassed models of both individual and collective dwelling, gained currency in the immediate postwar period, signalling a new approach to the environment. The book asks how questions of habitation, ecology, landscape and temporality, and the availability of new and highly various synthetic and industrially produced materials shifted the parameters of artistic practice and visual culture over three decades. These shifts are traced from the turn toward sculptural environments in the postwar period right through to the rise of an environmental consciousness in the 1970s, mapping this narrative through key debates, central protagonists and crucial exhibitions.
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