I am an art & photography historian, writer, editor, and curator. Read more about my current work in news: upcoming talks, new articles and book chapters, working notes for my research of contemporary photography on social media and selfies on Instagram in particular, notes about international photography exhibitions in the 1950s, and observations about contemporary art - exhibitions in museums and galleries, studio visits and art fairs, art competitions, architecture and art in public spaces in New York and elsewhere.
I have been writing on contemporary art and visual culture since 1998. I am the author of Photography as Art in Latvia, 1960-1969 (2011) and the author or editor of several other books about photography, as well as three fiction books. I have published numerous book chapters on photography, and my articles have appeared in journals such as Networking Knowledge, Scriptus Manet, ARTMargins, Russian Art & Culture, Art History & Theory, Studija, and others. I am the founder of photography magazine Foto Kvartals and have served as its editor-in-chief from 2006 to 2010.
Since 2013, I am contributing to research projects on photography on social media (especially Instagram) led by Lev Manovich and his lab Software Studies Initiative, such as Selfiecity (2013-2014) and The Exceptional and the Everyday: 144 Hours in Kyiv (2014).
Another focus of my current research is the the "international style" of photography of the 1950s that emerged in the exhibitions organized by not-for-profit transnational association of photographers, the International Federation of Photographic Art. I conduct this research as a Ph.D. candidate in art history at the Graduate Center, City University of New York.
In addition to historical research and theoretical writing, I have curated several exhibitions of contemporary art and photography, such as Private. Contemporary Photography from Latvia in Moscow (2008) and North by North East, the pavilion of Latvia at the 55th Venice Art Biennale (2013).
Besides, I have taught media theory and history of photography (University of Liepaja and Latvian Culture College) and art history (York College, Bronx Community College).
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Contact me for a full CV or other inquiries: atifentale at gradcenter dot cuny dot edu.
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