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Curator, Writer

Nicole Wolf

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Dr Nicole Wolf (Berlin/ London) is Senior Lecturer in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her research, writing, pedagogical and curatorial projects concentrate on political cinemas, cinematic/political alliances in the face of conflict, war and occupations and the poetics of artistic and activist practices towards critical ecologies. The latter is currently developed through practice-based research on agri-cultural resistance and explorations of ‘Cinématics of the Soil’. 

Wolf’s training in anthropology informs her critique towards neo/colonialist forms of knowledge production and much of her research stems from a long-term engagement with and learning from the South Asian region.  Questions of evidence, witnessing, the mnemonic and how to rethink justice through artistic and film making practices, in relation to state violence and more recently with regards to climate injustice, have guided her research.  

In 2019 Wolf participated in ‘Research Network: Film and Political Ecology in the South’ at Iniva, where she responded to the research of curator and journalist Ali Nobil Ahmad on questions of human and non-human agency, kinship, and care across species within Ali’s work. 

Her participation in ‘Living Archive  – Archive Work as a Contemporary Artistic Practice’ and ‘Archive ausser sich’ (both projects by Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art, Berlin) include research and writing for the restoration of the feminist film collective Yugantar’s (1980-83, India) works, the interdisciplinary ‘Soil – City- Solidarity. An urban permaculture design course’ and ‘ ”Tell me what matter was the ground” – Repair beyond Redemption’ (June 2019), both part of the project Stoffwechsel. Together with Mojisola Adebayo, Nicole co-conceived “Agri-cultural Practice – An Experimental Workshop for Climate Justice” (part of Neighbourhood Academy at Prinzessinengarten Berlin, August 2019), as research practice into agro-ecological and cultural practice as resistance, also seeking diverse forms of knowledge production and dissemination. 

Selected publications by Dr. Nicole Wolf are In the wake of Gujarat: The social relations of translations and Futurity in Critical Studies 4 (2019); Is this just a story? Friendships and fictions for speculative alliances. The Yugantar film collective (1980-83) in MIRAJ (2018); Fugitive Remains: Soil, Celluloid and Resistant Collectivities with Sheikh, Shela; Gray, Ros; César, Filipa; Grisey, Raphaël and Touré, Bouba in Cooking Sections (2018), and The Empire Remains Shop New York: Columbia Books (2018).

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