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Ajay Hothi

MPhil work


This work examines the contemporary phenomenon of Art Writing, specifically within the UK, and relates it to the development of the contemporary art institutions sector and current trends in contemporary curating.

This thesis proposes that art writing can withstand critical assessment as a structured visual art form with the appropriate foundations from an evolving exhibition network.

This research is the only extended examination of Art Writing and features primary research, opinion, evaluation, and interviews with curators and directors from institutions including Whitechapel Gallery, Serpentine Gallery, Tate Britain, Nottingham Contemporary, The Showroom, MK Gallery, and Liverpool Biennial, among others, and with artists and writers including Maria Fusco, Stewart Home, and Brian Dillon.

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Supervisors: Professor David Crowley and Jeremy Millar


  • MPhil


    School of Humanities


    Critical Writing in Art & Design, 2010–2015

  • I am a writer, filmmaker, and lecturer, specialising in artists' writing and writing as artistic practice.
  • Degrees

  • BA University of London Royal Holloway, 2004
  • Experience

  • Documentary filmmaker (clients: BBC Radio 2 & Radio 4, Serpentine Gallery, Design Miami/Basel) London, 2013; (clients:, BFI Gallery, British Film Institute, Arts Council England, Illuminations Television); Graphic designer, Kingston University, London, 2013 ; Online content manager, Ibraaz, 2013
  • Publications