Dr Maria Walsh is a writer, researcher and art critic. She is Reader in Artists’ Moving Image at Chelsea College of Arts and Reviews Editor of MIRAJ: Moving Image Review and Art Journal. She is author of Art and Psychoanalysis (I.B. Tauris, 2012) and co-editor of the anthology Twenty Years of MAKE Magazine: Back to the Future of Women’s Art (I.B. Tauris, 2015).
Her interdisciplinary interests incorporate theories of performativity and continental philosophy, especially feminist re-workings of phenomenology and Deleuzian materialism, affect theory, film theory and theories of political ecology. Her ongoing monograph provisionally entitled Performative Therapeutics in Contemporary Artists’ Moving Image investigates the ‘screen’ as a critical site of therapeutic encounter in the context of neoliberal concepts of selfhood. Her art criticism, including features, artists’ interviews and reviews, appears regularly in Art Monthly.
As part of the ‘Duties of Self-Care’ programme in 2018, Dr Walsh organised ‘Research Network: The Difference That Difference Makes’ which considered artists’ moving image works that use the ‘performative’ in relation to therapeutic discourses and rituals in order to avoid prescriptive solutions. The event included a screening Rehana Zaman’s Sharla Shabana Sojourner Selena (2016) and 2 episodes of Oreet Ashery’s Revisiting Genesis (2016), followed by Q&A with session Maria Walsh.