Dr Janna Graham

Staff details

Dr Janna Graham


Senior Lecturer


Visual Cultures


J.Graham (@gold.ac.uk)

Dr Janna Graham studies legacies of colonialism in neoliberal spaces, institutions and modes of publicity.

Dr Janna Graham is Senior Lecturer in Visual Cultures and Programme Leader of the BA in Curating. Her work examines the aural, visual and micropolitical dimensions of urban dispossession and resistance, and studies how legacies of colonial administration underpin neoliberal subjectivities, institutions and modes of publicity. Originally trained as a geographer, Graham’s work is informed by spatial theory, institutional analysis, sound investigation, curatorial practice, cultural studies and feminism.

As a curator associated with the ‘educational turn in art’ she has developed projects at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Whitechapel Gallery, Serpentine Galleries, the New Museum, and Documenta.

Her publications have featured in journals, edited collections and exhibition catalogues including the Journal of Aesthetics & Culture, Organisation, Art and the Public Sphere.

Graham is a member of the sound and political art collective Ultra-red.

Academic qualifications

  • Phd Visual Cultures. Title - Thinking with Conditions: From Public Programming to Radical Pedagogy in and out of Contemporary Art 2018
  • MA, Cultural Studies, Leeds University 1999
  • BA (Hons) Geography, Queen's University, Canada 1997

Teaching and supervision

Graham has supervised students working on genealogies of Institutional Analysis and Institutional Pedagogy (Foucault, Fanon, Guattari, Tosquelles, Querrien), colonial legacies in institutions and de-institutionalisation processes, the production of Black / Queer space, feminist responses to outsourcing, the visual cultures of urban crisis, group work and collectivity, insurgent learning in the Americas, listening in social movements, legacies of colonialism in museums and museological invention, eco-pedagogies and pedagogies of the far right in Brazil.

Publications and research outputs


Forkert, Kirsten; Oliveri, Federico; Bhattacharyya, Gargi and Graham, Janna. 2020. How Media and Conflicts Make Migrants. Manchester: Manchester University Press. ISBN 9781526138118

Edited Book

Precarious Workers Brigade, (PWB); Baskakova, Tatiana; Bradfield, Marsha; Graziano, Valeria; Eysler, Adriana; Hope, Sophie; Kern, Margareta; Farinati, Lucia; Firth, Claudia; Mirza, Noor; Weghmann, Vera; Graham, Janna and Kelly, Susan, eds. 2017. Training for Exploitation?: Politicising Employability and Reclaiming Education by Precarious Workers Brigade. Foreword: Silvia Federici. London: Journal of Aesthetics & Protest Press. ISBN 9780615590110

Book Section

Graham, Janna. 2020. ‘Techniques for Living Otherwise’: Naming, Composing and Instituting Otherwise. In: Marina Garcés; Janna Graham; val flores; Concha Fernández Martorell and Jordi Solé Blanch, eds. Pedagogías y emancipación. Barcelona: Arcadia MACBA, pp. 49-77. ISBN 9788494992476

Graham, Janna. 2017. Grammars of the Possible: Moving Beyond Binaries of Representation and Non-Representation in Gallery Education. In: Carmen Mörsch; Sigrid Schade and Sophie Vögele, eds. Representing Art Education: On the Representation of Pedagogical Work in the Art Field: . Vienna: Zaglossus, pp. 369-408. ISBN 9783902902580

Graham, Janna. 2016. The Anatomy of an AND. In: Carmen Mörsch; Angeli Sachs and Thomas Sieber, eds. Contemporary Curating and Museum Education. Bielefeld: transcript-Verlag, pp. 187-202. ISBN 9783837630800


Graham, Janna and Papadopoulos, Dimitris. 2023. Organizing the precarious: Autonomous work, real democracy and ecological precarity. Organization, 30(4), pp. 649-667. ISSN 1350-5084

Mpondaa, Victoria and Graham, Janna. 2022. Azamba publics: containment, care and curating in the “expanded private sphere”. Journal of Aesthetics & Culture, 14(1), 2063704. ISSN 2000-4214

Hamza, Husseina; Jacca, Joyce; Jarrett, Tracey and Graham, Janna. 2021. Instituting and Organising “From the Pockets”: A Field Report from a Museum in the Making. On Curating(52), pp. 71-83. ISSN 2673-2955


Graham, Janna; Andrews, Jorella G.; Paquete Pereira, Lara; Ohene-Djan, James; Jacca, Joyce and Tracey, Jarrett. 2024. The Monument is the Struggle.


Rooke, Alison; Graham, Janna; Garrido Sanchez, Cristina; Furlauto, Ananda; Cuch, Laura; Ferreri, Mara and Tabner, Katey. 2012. Modalities of Exchange: A Summary Report on the Serpentine Gallery Project Skills Exchange: Urban Transformation and the Politics of Care. Project Report. The Serpentine Gallery and Goldsmiths, University of London, London.


Graham, Janna. 2018. Thinking with Conditions: from Public Programming to Radical Pedagogy in and Beyond Contemporary Art. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London