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Curator, Writer

Pennina Barnett

  • CountryUnited Kingdom
  • Born1960


Pennina Barnett is Senior Lecturer (Critical Studies) in the Department of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London, where she teaches on Textiles and Art Practice programmes.

Pennina writes about contemporary visual and material culture. She is a Founding Editor (now Associate Editor) of the academic journal Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture, (Berg Publishers, Oxford, UK), and co-editor of String (2007) a special issue of Textile.  Her curatorial work has included: Craft Matters, The Subversive Stitch, Under Construction, and Textures of Memory: the poetics of cloth, (all UK touring exhibitions).

Pennina’s research focuses on cloth and metaphor; culture, identity and difference; art and psychoanalysis. She has written extensively on the work of artist Chohreh Feyzdjou (1955 – 1996). In 2009 Pennina is working on a single author book that takes cloth as a multidimensional metaphor for ideas of subjectivity, materiality, process and language.