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Anna Clifford

MA work

Conviviality and the Language of Curatorial Practice

Adopting Ivan Illich’s definition of conviviality from his 1973 publication Tools for Conviviality, my dissertation addressed the language of curatorial practice through the structures of traditional exhibition frameworks. Examples of artistic and curatorial strategies by Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Andrea Fraser, Grayson Perry and Lindsay Seers are analysed in relation to linguistic and psychological theory to question mediatory channels and their structural impact on communication and audience engagement within the contemporary exhibition framework.


  • Anna Clifford
  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Curating Contemporary Art, 2014

  • I am interested in experimenting with the structures of exhibition making and in models of presenting artistic process. Alongside working as an archivist at Cabinet Gallery, London, and as assistant to the artist Marc Camille Chaimowicz, I am a co-founder of Life Agency with Miloslav Vorlíček.

    I enjoy working with performance and past professional experience includes at X Initiative, New York, where I produced performances by eight artists for Performa 09 and organised a five-day performance marathon during No Soul For Sale.  For the exhibition The Generational: Younger than Jesus at the New Museum, I produced Chu Yun's artwork This is XX ; interviewing, contracting and scheduling women to take a sleeping pill and sleep in the installation consecutively for the duration of the three-month exhibition.

    Miloslav and I founded Life Agency in June 2013. Our projects promote multidisciplinary collaboration, creating experiments that encourage dialogue between otherwise disparate practices: stimulating conceptual exchange and generating unexpected outcomes. We have curated exhibitions and events at the Barbican Centre, London; Jay Mews Hub, London; g39, Cardiff; Red Gallery, London and Galerie AVU, Prague.

  • Degrees

  • BA History of Art and Architecture, University of Reading; Foundation Diploma in Art, Chelsea College of Art and Design
  • Experience

  • Research assistant, New Museum, New York, 2008–9; Artist assistant to Tris Vonna-Michell, 2009–11; Curatorial assistant, X Initiative, New York, 2009–10; Artist assistant to Marc Camille Chaimowicz, 2011 - date; Archivist, Cabinet Gallery, London, 2011 - date ; Art Project Director, Alperton Community School, London, 2007 - 2008; Gallery Assistant, The Drawing Gallery, London, 2006 - 2007; Internship, Contemporary Department, Sotheby's, London, 2006
  • Exhibitions

  • The World and his Wife, Hockney Gallery, London, 2014; Addendum [On the Shortness of Life], Gallery AVU, Prague, 2013 and Red Gallery, London, 2013; Life (Bildung), Barbican Centre, London, 2013; Life (Can a Trailer Be Enough?), Jay Mews Hub, London, 2013; Adjacent Practice Colliding Daily, Acme Project Space, London, 2013; Life at g39, Cardiff, 2014; ...all silent but for the buzzing..., RCA, London, 2014; Life Agency residency at Floating Island Gallery, London, 2014