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Department of History of Art



Dr Gotti is Affiliated Lecturer and Newton Trust/Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Department of History of Art. 

She is specialised in XX century Latin American art. Her PhD was an AHRC funded collaborative studentship between Tate Modern and University of the Arts London (UAL) under the aegis of the exhibition The World Goes Pop (Tate Modern, 2015). During the write-up year of her doctorate, she was awarded the Hilla Rebay International Curatorial Fellowship by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Since then, she has taught in the UK at The Courtauld Institute of Art, and at Milan’s Nuova Accademia delle Belle Arti (NABA). 

She regularly publishes in journals and contemporary art in magazines including Flash Art, Nero and Mousse. As a freelance curator, she has collaborated with institutions and galleries including The Feminist Institute, Castello di Rivoli, FM-Centre for Contemporary Art, Mendes Wood DM, Blum&Poe, and Cecilia Brunson Projects.


At the Department, Dr Gotti offers the special course option Alternative Art and Politics in Latin America: 1928-1989. Previously, at The Courtauld and NABA, she taught modules on Latin American Countercultures, Feminist and Postcolonial theory through exhibition histories, Contemporary Art and the Anthropocene. Her research engages with the intersection of Decoloniality, Indigeneity and Feminist Theory. More broadly, she is interested in Post-Humanism, Ecology and Social Justice. 

For her Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship she will be working on a monograph about Pop, Craft and Popular Politics in Latin America. Building on her doctoral work on 1960s artistic practices in Argentina, Brazil and Peru, her new research will examine avant-garde art in Paraguay and Bolivia. 

A further research focus is on Italian feminist art and international feminist networks (Mail Art), which Dr Gotti has cultivated especially through curatorial initiatives and working with the archives and estates of artists Dadamaino, Clemen Parrocchetti, Nedda Guidi, Betty Danon. She is pursuing further research on Mirella Bentivoglio and Laura Grisi, among others. 



Key publications: 

-  “Semiotics of the Living Room: South American Proto-Feminist furniture by Teresa Burga, Beatriz González, Teresinha Soares and Feliza Bursztyn,” in Flavia Frigeri and Kristian Handberg (eds.), Multiple Modernisms - New Histories of Art in the Global Postwar Era, (Forthcoming 2021).

Paper presented at Multiple Modernisms Conference, Louisiana Museum of Art, Copenhagen, November 2017.

A State of Alert: Eroticism as Political Activism in South American Drawing,” in Kelly Chorpering et. al. (eds.), The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Contemporary Drawing, ([London]: Wiley Blackwell Publishing, 2020).

- “Reviews: Global Art and Latin America. Tarsila do Amaral: Inventing Modern Art in Brazil.” Revista Hispánica Moderna, Volume 72, Number 2, December 2019, pp. 229-232.

- Sofia Gotti and Marko Ilić, “Points of Origin: From a History of Alternative Art to a History of Alternative Institutions,” in Meredith A. Brown and Michelle Fischer (eds.), Collaboration and its (Dis)Contents Art, Architecture, and Photography since 1950, (London: Courtauld Books Online, 2017).

- ‘Popau, Pop or an “American way of living?” An introduction to “From Stamps to Bubbles,” by Aracy A. Amaral,’ in ARTMargins, (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, Vol. 5, Issue 2, 2016).

- ‘A Pantagruelian Pop: Teresinha Soares’s “Erotic Art of Contestation,”’ Tate Papers, no.24, Autumn 2015. Reprinted in: Adriano Pedrosa, Camila Bechelany and Rodrigo Moura (eds.), Quem Tem Medo de Teresinha Soares?, (exh. cat., São Paulo: MASP, 2017).


Exhibition Catalogues and Articles:

- "Turning Nation into Nature: Renato Leotta", Nero Editions (online), September 2020

- “Learning from Art when Coping with a Pandemic: Yuli Yamagata’s use of Softness,” Madrazine, #7, March 2020.

- “How to Deal with Dystopia: ‘The Missing Planet’ at Pecci Centre, Prato”, Mousse, March 2020. 

- “Between Archaeology and Space Exploration: Human agency and ideologies related to progress, buckling in the face of overwhelming natural forces in the work of Juliana Cerqueira Leite,” Nero Editions (online), February 2020.

- “Contextualising Irma Blank’s Aesthetic of Silence,” in Irma Blank, (exh. cat.) New York: Luxembourg & Dayan, 2019.

- Visions of Brazil: Reimaging Modernity from Tarsila to Sonia, (exhibition text), New York: Blum & Poe, 2019.

- “Sensible Ecstasy in the works of Mandy El-Sayegh” Flash Art International Online, May 2019.

- “Il bilinguismo radicale di Anna Maria Maiolino,” Flash Art Italia Online, 22 May 2019.

- “Il Soggetto Imprevisto. 1978 Arte e Femminismo in Italia FM Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea /Milano,” Flash Art Italia, #344, pp. 150-151.

Dadamaino: A Full Time Struggle, (exh. cat.), New York: Mendes Wood DM, 2018.

Sergio Lombardo: Gesti Tipici and Monochromes, (exh. cat.), London: Sprovieri, 2017.

- “Waltercio Caldas: An Introduction,” in Waltercio Caldas, (exh. cat., London: Cecilia Brunson Projects, 2017).

- “Eroticism, humour and Graves: A conversation with Teresinha Soares,” N.paradoxa, Vol. 36, London: KT Press, July 2015.


Affiliated Lecturer in the History of Art
Newton Trust/ Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
Research Associate at St John’s College
Dr Sofia  Gotti