Elisa Oliver

Hanging about: the 1970s teenage moment and a new sensibility in contemporary British art

Central Saint Martins

My research addresses a preoccupation with the teenage experience of the 1970s/80s, in British art from the 1990s. It suggests a meta-narrative opposing identification of this period with the YBAs (Young British Artists) and proposing an alternative reading through contemporaries Paul Rooney, George Shaw, David Rayson, and Susan Philips, frequently overlooked in accounts of the period. The nexus of social and historical circumstances in 1970s/80s Britain, identify a specific adolescent experience, demarcating definitions of Britishness. The legacy of the 1970s/80s, for the present day, is reevaluated, contributing towards a re-reading of a key sector of British cultural production in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Supervisor

Professor Roger Sabin (Director of Studies)