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Charlotte Matter

Charlotte Matter is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Zurich’s Institute of Art History, where she coordinates the specialized Masters program Art History in a Global Context. Her doctoral thesis, titled “The Politics of Plastics: Feminist Approaches to New Materials in Art, 1960s and 1970s,” explored how women artists and critics challenged sexist discourses in art and claimed plastics as feminist substances. Examining the works of Lea Lublin and Carla Accardi in particular, with further references to the practices of Nicola L, Margarita Paksa, Niki de Saint Phalle, and Alina Szapocznikow, the dissertation also considered the global boom of exhibitions on plastics and the discourse on these new industrial materials in art. Her teaching and research interests include feminist discourses, postcolonial and transcultural approaches, art and architecture in Latin America, and the history of exhibitions. She is the co-editor of Into the Wild: Art and Architecture in a Global Context (Munich: Edition Metzel, 2018) and has recently published essays on feminist withdrawals from art (in Texte zur Kunst, 2022) and Hélio Oiticica’s notion of Crelazer and the politics of leisure (in ORTO, Rome: Nero, 2020). During the academic year of 2019/2020, she was a research fellow at the Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institute for Art History in Rome and at the Istituto Svizzero di Roma. She is the co-initiator of the research project “Rethinking Art History through Disability” and a founding member of CARAH – Collective for Anti-Racist Art History.
Other texts by Charlotte Matter for DIAPHANES
  • politics
  • resistance
  • rhetoric / elocution
  • artistic practice
  • contemporary art
  • global ecology