BETHANY WILLIAMS is an emerging curator from Walsall, based in Birmingham, UK. She is currently Exhibitions Assistant at Wolverhampton Art Gallery.
MA Art History and Curating
University of Birmingham
First-class dissertation, "#InfinitySelfies: A Social Approach to the Art Selfie", examines the selfie obsession surrounding Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirror rooms. It addresses the motivations of such selfies from a cultural theoretical perspective, in particular in context to Guy Debord's Society is the Spectacle, highlighting late-stage capitalism, consumerism, our image-obsessed contemporary culture and the perceived elitist aesthetics of fine art amongst its various influences.
BA (Hons) Art History with Fine Art
First Class dissertation titled "Representing Female Innocence: Girlhood, virginity and religion in the early works of the Pre-Raphaelites".
CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS
\ The "Instagram Effect" within the exhibition space.
First Class MA dissertation: "#InfinitySelfies: A Social Approach to the Art Selfie" (2019)
\ Decolonising cultural institutions.
Paper: "Critical Analysis of The Past is Now in Decolonising the Museum" (2019). Achieved a high first (82%). The paper critically evaluated the effectiveness of curatorial intervention in decolonising the museum. Additional research interest is implementing artwork, interpretation and exhibitions to challenge the systemic Eurocentric narrative of the Empire often presented in the permanent displays of museums by revealing truths, and subsequently creating important conversation regarding our colonial history.
At home, Bethany is surrounded by an array of plants, art prints, vinyl records and her two cats.