Dr Ros Gray

Staff details

Position Senior Lecturer in Fine Art Practice (Critical Studies)
Department Art
Email r.gray (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7919 7677
Dr Ros Gray

Ros Gray is Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, Critical Studies in the Art Department at Goldsmiths where she has led the development of the MA Art & Ecology programme.  

Her research has investigated militant filmmaking, particularly in relation to liberation struggles and revolutionary movements in Mozambique, Angola, Portugal, Guinea-Bissau and Burkina Faso.

This research informs her monograph Cinemas of the Mozambican Revolution: Anti-Colonialism, Independence and Internationalism in Filmmaking, 1968–1991 (James Currey, 2020), among many other publications in journals and books.

In recent years, her research has increasingly focused on artistic interventions in the fields of soil care, cultivation and decolonial ecologies more broadly.

In 2018 Ros co-edited with Shela Sheikh a special issue of Third Text entitled 'The Wretched Earth: Botanical Conflicts and Artistic Interventions', and in 2020 they produced ‘The Coloniality of Planting’ for the Camden Art Centre’s podcast series The Botanical Mind, which was also published as an article in Architectural Review in 2021.

She has contributed to numerous publications by artists whose practice involves cultivation, including by Cooking Sections, Åsa Sonjasdotter and Carl Gent. Ros is a founding member of the Critical Ecologies research stream at Goldsmiths and she is on the Editorial Board of Third Text.

Ros coordinates the Goldsmiths Allotment, which provides a space for plant cultivation for staff and students, is a platform for various seasonal cultural events, workshops on aspects of sustainable gardening, and is a space for meditation and developing thinking around forms of ecological ‘care’ in the context of an educational institution.

She is currently leading the planning of an Art Research Garden at Goldsmiths and has convened the CHASE series of lectures and workshops ‘What Can a Garden Be?’, which seeks to explore and challenge the coloniality of the garden through artistic research and activist practice that involves anti-racism, climate justice and rewilding.


Ros primarily teaches on the BA and MFA Fine Art programmes at Goldsmiths. She also occasionally lectures for the Extension Degree, the MA Artists’ Film and Moving Image and the MFA Curating programmes and contributes more widely to the department through PhD supervision.

Research Interests

Ros’s research on the trajectories of militant filmmaking in contexts of anti-colonial and revolutionary struggles in Mozambique, Angola, Portugal, Guinea-Bissau and Burkina Faso has involved exploring the use of film and video in rural development, the setting up of cooperatives, and the denunciation of colonial exploitation of natural resources, as well as the representation of radical social change.

This research informs her forthcoming monograph entitled Cinemas of the Mozambican Revolution (James Currey, 2020).

Ros has analysed the ecological and planetary resonances of work by artists including Renée Green, Antonio Ole and Kiluanji Kia Henda.

Her research interests in environmental violence and the politics of the soil is explored in a special issue of Third Text (Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Art and Culture), which she co-edited with Shela Sheikh, entitled ‘The Wretched Earth: Botanical Conflicts and Artistic Interventions’ (January 2018).

Ros is the Coordinator of the Goldsmiths Allotment, which, as well as providing a space for plant cultivation for staff and students, is a platform for various seasonal cultural events, workshops on aspects of sustainable gardening and plant breeding, and a space for meditation and developing thinking around forms of ‘care’ in the context of an educational institution. 

Her current research is focused on developing new forms of eco-pedagogy concerned with soil care and cultivation through artistic practice. 

Publications and research outputs


Gray, Ros. 2020. Cinemas of the Mozambican Revolution: Anti-Colonialism, Independence and Internationalism in Filmmaking, 1968-1991. Martlesham: Boydell & Brewer. ISBN 9781847012371

Book Section

Gray, Ros. 2021. Vous n'avez jamais entendu parler d'internationalisme?: Les amitiés socialistes du cinéma mozambicain [translation]. In: Maria-Benedita Basto; Françoise Blum; Pierre Guidi; Héloïse Kiriakou; Martin Mourre; Céline Pauthier; Ophélie Rillon; Alexis Roy and Elena Vezzadini, eds. Socialismes africains / Socialismes en Afrique. Paris: Les Éditions de la Maison des sciences de l'homme. ISBN 9782735126989

Gray, Ros. 2021. Strangling the Parrot. In: , ed. Felon Herb. London: Kelder Press, pp. 21-36. ISBN 9781838199012

Sheikh, Shela; Gray, Ros; Wolf, Nicole; César, Filipa; Grisey, Raphaël and Touré, Bouba. 2018. Fugitive Remains: Soil, Celluloid and Resistant Collectivities. In: Cooking Sections, ed. The Empire Remains Shop. New York: Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, pp. 209-223. ISBN 978-1-941332-37-5

Gray, Ros. 2017. Clear Lines of an Internationalist Map: Foreign Filmmakers in Angola at Independence [English translation]. In: Maria do Piçarra and Teresa Castro, eds. (Re)Imagining African Independence: Film, Visual Arts and the Fall of the Portuguese Empire. Oxford: Peter Lang. ISBN 9781787076396

Gray, Ros. 2016. Você já ouviu falar de internacionalismo? As amizades socialistas do cinema moçambicano [translation]. In: Lucia Monteiro, ed. África(s): Cinema e revolução: As Independências de Angola, Guiné-Bissau e Moçambique em filmes de luta e memória (catálogo de mostra de cinema, realizada no cinema Caixa Belas Artes, São Paulo, de 10 a 23 de novembro de 2016). São Paulo: Caixa Belas Artes.

Gray, Ros. 2016. Decolonisation. In: Sangeeta Ray and Harry Schwarz, eds. The Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-4443-3498-2

Gray, Ros. 2015. Linhas Claras num Mapa Internacionalista: Cineastas Estrangeiros em Angola durante a Independência. In: Maria do Carmo Piçarra and Jorge Antonio, eds. Angola - O Nascimento de Uma Nação: O Cinema da Independência. 3 Lisbon: Guerra & Paz.

Gray, Ros. 2012. Haven’t you heard of internationalism?: The Socialist friendships of Mozambican cinema. In: Lars Lyngsgaard and Fjord Kristensen, eds. Postcommunist Film - Russia, Eastern Europe and World Culture: moving images of postcommunism. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 53-74. ISBN 9780415671644

Gray, Ros. 2010. Dreaming of Islands. In: , ed. Renée Green: Endless Dreams and Time-Based Streams. San Francisco, CA: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.


Gray, Ros and Sheikh, Shela. 2021. The coloniality of planting: legacies of racism and slavery in the practice of botany. The Architectural Review(1478), ISSN 0003-861X

Sheikh, Shela and Gray, Ros. 2018. La terre damnée: conflits botaniques et interventions artistiques. Le journal des laboratoires (Cahier C), pp. 3-6.

Gray, Ros and Sheikh, Shela. 2018. Editor's Introduction: The Wretched Earth: Botanical Conflicts and Artistic Interventions. Third Text, 32(2-3), pp. 163-175. ISSN 0952-8822

Gray, Ros. 2014. A Lingering Lusotopia: Thinking the Planetary from Angola. Art Margins, 3(1), pp. 3-27. ISSN 2162-2574

Gray, Ros and Eshun, Kodwo. 2011. The Militant Image: A Ciné-Geography: Editors’ Introduction. Third Text, 25(1), pp. 1-12. ISSN 0952-8822

Gray, Ros. 2010. An Archive of Aspirations. Jornal do Atelier Real, pp. 11-12.

Gray, Ros. 2009. ‘Front of House’. Textile The Journal of Cloth and Culture, 7(2), ISSN 14759756

Gray, Ros. 2003. Chinese Whispers: Variations on Textile. Textile The Journal of Cloth and Culture, 1(2), pp. 158-173. ISSN 14759756

Gray, Ros. 2002. Lost and Found: A Modicum of Dignity. The Journal of Visual Culture, 1(1), pp. 131-134. ISSN 14704129


Sheikh, Shela and Gray, Ros. 2020. The Coloniality of Planting.

Conference or Workshop Item

Gray, Ros. 2014. 'The Socialist Friendships of Mozambican Cinema'. In: Red Africa. Calvert 22, United Kingdom.

Gray, Ros. 2014. 'O Anticolonialsimo da Imagen Militante in the Próximo Futuro series Novos Poderes'. In: A arte do comum e a produção da cultura: O Anticolonialismo da Imagem Militante à Guerra das Escritas. Gulbenkian Foundation, Portugal.

Gray, Ros. 2012. 'The Militant Image - A Ciné Geography lecture'. In: Cinematic Migrations lecture series, MIT programme in Art, Culture and Technology. MIT, United States.

Gray, Ros. 2010. 'Henrique Neves and Clément Darrasse’s ‘Made in.''. In: Henrique Neves and Clément Darrasse’s ‘Made in.'. British Council, Lisbon, Portugal.

Gray, Ros. 2007. 'Third Cinema: Filming the Revolution in Mozambique'. In: Curating the Postcolonial, conference organised by the Royal College of Art. Goethe Institute, London, United Kingdom.

Gray, Ros. 2005. '‘Algumas experimentações emergentes nas telas em Moçambique’'. In: Encontros – Maputo 2005, Festival of Documentary Films at the Centro Cultural Franco. Moçambicano, Maputo, Mozambique 27 September–4 October 2005.

Gray, Ros. 2003. '‘Momentary Stability’'. In: Warp:Woof – Aurality, Musicality, Textuality, Congress CATH 2003. University of Leeds, United Kingdom 10 – 12 July 2003.

Edited Journal

Gray, Ros and Sheikh, Shela, eds. 2018. The Wretched Earth: Botanical Conflicts and Artistic Interventions, Third Text, 32(2-3). 0952-8822

Eshun, Kodwo and Gray, Ros, eds. 2011. The Militant Image: A Ciné-Geography, Third Text, 25(1). 0952-8822


Gray, Rosalind Laura. 2008. Ambitions of Cinema: Revolution, Event, Screen. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London

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