T.J. Demos

T.J. Demos is Professor in the Department of the History of Art and Visual Culture, University of California, Santa Cruz, and Founder and Director of its Center for Creative Ecologies. He writes widely on the intersection of contemporary art, global politics, and ecology, and his essays have appeared in magazines, journals, and catalogues worldwide. His published work centers broadly on the conjunction of art and politics, examining the ability of artistic practice to invent innovative and experimental strategies that challenge dominant social, political, and economic conventions. He has served on the Art Journal editorial board (2004-08), and currently sits on the editorial board of Third Text, and on the advisory board of Grey Room. Most recently Demos is the author of Decolonizing Nature: Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology (Sternberg Press, 2016), which investigates how concern for ecological crisis has entered the field of contemporary art and visual culture in recent years, and considers art and visual cultural practices globally. He is also the author of Against the Anthropocene – Visual Culture and Environment Today 2017 and Return to the Postcolony – Specters of Colonialism in Contemporary Art 2013. He has presented numerous exhibitions including Rights of Nature: Art and Ecology in the Americas in 2010 and Uneven Geographies: Art and Globalisation in 2015, at Nottingham Contemporary (co-curated with Alex Farqharson); Specters: A Cinema of Haunting at Reina Sofia Museum à Madrid in 2014; et Zones of Conflict, at Pratt Manhattan Gallery in New York in 2008.