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Tijen Tunali


Current position: Postdoc, School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark 

During her AIAS-COFUND Fellowship, Tijen Tunali worked on the project 'Art and Gentrification in the Changing Neoliberal Landscape'.

Project at AIAS

This project analyzes art’s changing role in the larger socio-economic context of the neoliberal urbanism  to understand how art takes part in urban regeneration projects, but also the ways in which it captures and, in some instances, subverts the experience of the gentrified urban space, reveals the hegemonic and counterhegemonic interactions among different actors of the urban space and empowers the communities in the gentrified neighborhoods. The aim of the project is twofold, namely:(1) to rethink the changing and dialectical roles of the art and artists in an urbanism that put the interests of capital over the interests of ordinary inhabitants, (2) to reveal the potential of aesthetics in the critically reflecting formation of agonistic experience that constitutes democratic political culture in the urban space. It elaborates a critical and intersectional methodological framework that examines ‘the right to the city’ while setting up a theoretical and visual analysis of the aesthetic formations that are positive resources for political culture to be visible and to channel subjective dynamics into political participation and empowerment. 

Short bio

Tijen Tunali is an interdisciplinary scholar whose research focuses on contemporary aesthetico-political practices and relations in art activism and radical social praxis. She was a 2018-2019 Le Studium/ Marie Sklodowska Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Tours-France. She received her BS from Istanbul University in Business Administration/Economics, BA in Fine Arts from the State University of New York at Binghamton, MA in Visual Studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo and PhD in Art History, Theory and Criticism from the University of New Mexico.     

Project title:

Art and Gentrification in the Changing Neoliberal Landscape

Area of research:

Visual Sociology, Cultural Criticism and Art History

Fellowship period:

01 Feb 2020 - 31 Oct 2021