Individual and Collective Identities in Exhibitions

This study is based on fieldwork observations held during exhibitions at the Pompidou Center between 2008 and 2012, and extends its analysis to the fields of the history of exhibitions and the history of contemporary art. The main hypothesis of the research concerns the existence of new types of individual and collective identities that would be in process of gestation in the museum space. Such identities would obey principles comparable to those that have characterized other spaces of art history, as in the particular case of the churches, which have been decisive in the history of the West in a larger way, specifically in the formation of local and transnational communities. Given that the field of contemporary art exhibitions is a field manifestly unknown to anthropological discipline, this research focuses on one of its main objects of study, ritual, and more specifically, on an issue that has attracted attention of several generations of anthropologists who claim the anthropologist Gregory Bateson’s heritage in their owns researches: the existence of a system of relationships that determines the role of actors in different fields of social life.

  • Supervisor : Carlo Severi.
  • Topics: anthropology of art, anthropology of memory, history of contemporary art, history of exhibitions, and anthropologies of the world.