I work on the ERC-funded project ‘Continuity or Rupture? Art and Architecture of Central Europe: 1918-1938’ (CRAACE) with Professor Matthew Rampley, Dr Marta Filipová and Dr Nóra Veszprémi. Within this project, my research focuses on the dialectic between avant-garde movements and ‘nostalgic’ or ‘folk’ modernism in Central Europe. I examine the tension between the avant-garde and ‘völkisch’ art, and its role in defining national, metropolitan and regional identities, and interwar sexual politics. My research highlights the contradictory impulses governing the artistic landscape, in which avant-garde renewal existed alongside cultural and artistic ideas that reached back to the aesthetic and ideological impulses of the Habsburg era.
My interests also include interwar Central European women photographers and intersections of art and activism in the interwar years. In this context, I explore how photographers used their position as politically active, leftist, Jewish women to forge a ‘humanist’ photography in the illustrated press, merging the visual language of the Bauhaus and New Objectivity with worker and documentary photography.
My PhD research, which was funded by an AHRC doctoral scholarship and titled ‘Belligerent Drawing? The Vienna and Prague Satirical Press in Political Crossfire 1918-1938’, has initialised a wide-ranging survey of the interwar satirical press. Joining the histories of individual magazines, their politics, and artistic developments, the project has demonstrated that interwar satirical magazines in Prague and Vienna encompassed considerably more variety and engagement with their social, political and artistic environment than previous studies have shown.