Christina Varvia

Staff details

Position Lecturer in Forensic Architecture, Centre for Research Architecture
Department Visual Cultures
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Christina Varvia

Christina is an architectural researcher and Lecturer at the Centre for Research Architecture, where she teaches the Forensic Architecture studio. Christina focuses on spatial and multi-media investigative techniques, with a particular focus on modelling and time-based media. She guides students through the production of ambitious investigations that have a direct impact on live political conditions, and the deployment of research on multiple fora (courts, activist spaces, parliamentary inquiries, truth commissions, media publications, and exhibitions). Her own research is on biopolitics and feminist conceptions of the human body as coextensive with their environments. She writes on expanded bodies as material fields of political practice. She reflects on image-making practices and images that capture violence. Her work with Forensic Architecture and Forensis –on airstrikes, detention, right-wing, police, and border violence– has won multiple awards and been exhibited internationally.

Research interests

Research areas: Forensic architecture, spatial politics, visual cultures, media studies, aesthetics, human rights, environmental justice, environmental humanities, decolonial theory, border studies, practice-led research.

Publications and research outputs

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Conferences and talks

2023: Itinerant Witnesses
Curated day-long conference at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.