Tentative title: The exhibition as a playground for constructing and mediating contemporary identity(ies) and social mobility

This research will investigate the efficacy of exhibitions as a tool for social activism, with a particular focus on constructing and mediating contemporary identity(ies) within marginalised communities. It will investigate the racialised socio-political status of the museum going experience and aim to position the exhibition model as a key component for social impact beyond the exhibition timeline. Impact will therefore be measured by cultural capital accumulated. It will also examine the ability for diasporic, migrant, and disenfranchised communities to acquire upward social mobility and identity mediation. This will be held against the proposition of converting social and cultural capital into economic capital.

Kerri-Anne Chisholm is an independent curator and social justice activist from the Caribbean. She is interested in the exhibition format, within and outside of the institutional context, as a vehicle for human rights advocacy and the representation of contemporary culture. Currently she is an Outreach Officer and Specialist Lecturer at the Oxford Brookes Business School, Oxford Brookes University, and has worked on curatorial projects and exhibitions throughout the Caribbean and UK. Most recently she was co-curator of Alchemy: Horacio Esteban at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, 2020-21. She is based in the UK and works between England and the Cayman Islands.