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Noni Brynjolson



PhD 2019

My research analyzes socially engaged art practices in US cities that respond to uneven urban development through experimental forms of community building. I am interested in looking at how artists address the politics of housing and gentrification through their work, as well as the informal practices that emerge within these projects. I am a member of the editorial collective of FIELD: A Journal of Socially Engaged Art Criticism and my writing has been published in FIELD as well as in Akimbo, Geist and Craft Journal. I have also published chapters in two edited books: “From Mentorship to Collaboration: Art, Feminism and Community in Winnipeg”, in Desire Change: Contemporary Feminist Art in Canada (edited by Heather Davis, McGill Queen’s University Press, 2017), and “The Making of Many Hands: Artisanal Production and Neighbourhood Redevelopment in Contemporary Socially Engaged Art”, in Craft on Demand: The New Politics of the Handmade (edited by Anthea Black and Nicole Burisch, I.B. Tauris, 2019). My dissertation research was supported by a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, and I am currently a graduate fellow at UCSD’s International Institute as part of the 2018-19 Sawyer Seminar focused on the theme of ‘Reclaiming the City.’