I work site-specifically on performances, installations, books and films. Often in collaboration and over long periods of artistic-research, my projects include monographs, theatre plays, performance lectures, video installations and text based works that you can read about under Publications.
My research is grounded in an interest in history, I have a PhD in Art and Architectural history from Harvard University. I am a Professor at the University of Birmingham. In my Chair of Global Art there I am focussed on contemporary art beyond the confines of the discipline. I work as an infrastructural activist within and against institutions including national museums, universities and galleries. My interests range widely from colonialism to plants to surveillance.
Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll works on colonial histories through contemporary art. She is currently working on a book about repatriation. Her art practice involves montaging words and images within films and installations that voice alternate histories through texts and performances.
Khadija holds a PhD from Harvard University and has curated/co-created various exhibitions internationally including The Lost World (Part 2), Kranich Museum, Vienna Zocolo, and Botanical Drift.
On this website you can read about the stories she is working on in situations where dislocation and conflict lay bare the historical relationships between humans and objects. Art in the Time of Colony, her monograph was published in 2014, and her other work can be seen both on her publication page and on academia.edu.
This website presents a selection of the exhibition outcomes of her research. Her performances and videos have been shown most recently at Savvy Contemporary Berlin, Project Space Dublin, The Irish Film Instiute, Extra City Kunsthaal Antwerp, Institute of Contemporary Art London, the National Museum of Australia, and the Marrakech Biennale.
Inquiries are welcome, also from prospective PhD students. See the Birmingham University pages, where she is the Professor of Global Art, for details.
Exhibitions and Screenings
2019 Deframed, Institute of Contemporary Art London
Reflecting Relational Traces, Sharjah Biennale
Palace of Ritual, Venice Biennale
Contingent Agencies, Research Pavillion, Venice
Cook’s New Clothes, Brunei Gallery, SOAS London
Cook’s New Clothes, University of Oslo
2018 Immigrate into your Shadows, The House theatre, Plymouth
Kunst Macht Frei, Bonavero Oxford
New Work, Styrx Gallery Birmingham
Men in Waiting, Nottingham Contemporary
Art and Migration, Darwin Cambridge
The Gift, Fault Line, Australian Embassy Berlin
2017 Silver Sehnsucht, Frieze
The Restitution of Complexity, Austrian Cultural Forum London
Art in the Time of Colony Hay Festival
Snail Eating Theatre, International Film and Video Art Festival Casablanca
Shadows Talk, Konzerthaus Theatre, Bern
Limbah Berbunyi, Contemporary Art Jogjakarta
Botanical Drift, Vegetal Mediations, Translocal Budapest
2016 Imigrazie, Pesta Boneka Festival, Jogjakarta, Indonesia
Screening at LUX London, and Calvert22 Gallery London
Casablanca International Film and Video Festival, Morocco
2015 Snail Eating Theatre and Dissident Domesticity SPACE Gallery, London
A Breathcrystal, Project Space Dublin & Irish Film Institute
2014 Prison House, UrbanLab, London
Botanical Drift, Kew Gardens, London, co-curated with Petra Lange-Berndt
Ethnographic Conceptualism and the City, University College London
Allegory of Cave Painting, Extracity Kunsthal, Antwerpen
Wilkommen, Bitte Gehen Sie Weiter, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
Investigated, Savvy Contemporary, Berlin, together with Jesse Shipley
2013 Skins Cloak, National Museum of Australia, Canberra
That Breathed, Chisenhale Gallery, London
The Lost World (Part 2), Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Cambridge & Contemporary Art Tasmania, Hobart. Curated solo exhibition of Julie Gough.
2012 Partial Proclamations, permanent display, MAA Cambridge.
40,000 Years of Modern Art, Institute of Contemporary Art London, On Language series.
The Rise and fall, performance installation, Marrakech Biennale, Morocco.
2011 Vienna Zocalo, International Biennale Xalapa Mexico, Gallery Carlos Fuentes.
Kranich Museum, permanent exhibition, Hessenburg Germany, co-curated with Alex Schweder
2010 Homebase V Berlin, cultural program, co-curated with Anat Litwin
The Architect and The Urn, Greg Lundgren, Seattle, together with Alex Schweder
2007 Graffiti Monument, Venice Biennale, Memosphere, Rumanian Pavilion
Europe Lost and Found, Plausible Artworlds, Philadelphia Institute of Contemporary Art
Track Changes, Lost Highway Exhibition, Skuc Gallery Ljubljana
PARK[ing] day, Los Angeles, with Adobe Architects
Constructing Nature: Swiss Landscape Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design
2006 Zones of Contact, Biennale of Sydney (Curatorial assistant to the public program)
6: six artists from the MIT visual arts program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Centre for Advanced Visual Studies and Space Other Gallery Boston.
DADA, with Diller Scofidio Architects, Museum of Modern Art NYC.
2005 PROJECT ZAGREB: Transition as Condition>Strategy>Practice, Harvard Graduate School of Design and Zagreb City Museum.
2003 The Sign Painters, Platform Gallery, Melbourne; Gallerie Blumberg, Vienna; Gallery Espace, New Delhi.
Free Radicals, Melbourne Underground Film Festival, also curator of: “Low-fi Video, International Selection, Belgrade 1999-2002”, Loop.
Insert New Image Here, Soho in Otterkring Festival, Vienna.