An art historian and theorist originally trained in comparative literature, she researches the aesthetic mobilisation of discomfort to political ends, focusing on art practices informed by and committed to feminism, the fraught but fertile relationship between feminism and psychoanalysis, death, mourning and shame.
Her research is situated within feminist art history, theory and practice, focusing particularly on the fraught but fertile relationship between feminism and psychoanalysis. She works with and on contemporary artists including Susan Hiller, Monica Ross and Judy Chicago and has a developing curatorial practice that builds on her research on the gender implications of curatorial strategies.
Alexandra joined Middlesex as Senior Lecturer in Visual Culture in 2013; she is also Research Associate at the Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Centre (VIAD), University of Johannesburg. She curated ‘Burnt Breakfast’ and other works by Su Richardson (Goldsmiths, 2012) and, with Basia Sliwinska, Home Strike (l’étrangère, 2018), and has published widely on feminism, art and visual culture in journals including Art Journal, Women and Performance, n.paradoxa, Performance Research, Oxford Art Journal and Hypatia. Her books include The Feminist Uncanny in Theory and Art Practice (2016); and (as editor) Feminism Reframed: Reflections on Art and Difference (2008); and The Provisional Texture of Reality: Selected Talks and Texts by Susan Hiller, 1977-2007 (2008).