Dr Basia Sliwinska

Senior Lecturer in Cultural and Historical Studies

London College of Fashion


Dr Basia Sliwinska is an art historian and art theorist who researches 20th and 21st-century art with a focus on the feminist practice of contemporary women artists. She joined the University of the Arts London in 2017, where she works as a Senior Lecturer in Cultural and Historical Studies.

Her research is situated within feminist art history and critical theory, focusing on concepts of the body, activism, gender and citizenship within contemporary women's art practice. Previously, Basia worked in the School of Art and Design (Middlesex University) and at Loughborough University, where she developed an AHRC funded project entitled Migratory Homes (2013). Before joining Loughborough, Basia was a research fellow at Winchester School of Art (University of Southampton) and an associate editor at the academic journal Third Text.

Recent publications include: a book The Female Body in the Looking-Glass. Contemporary Art, Aesthetics and Genderland (with I.B. Tauris, 2016); co-edited book The Evolution of the Image: Political Action and the Digital Self (with Routledge, 2017); co-authored chapter ‘Edge Effect: New Image Formations and Politics of Identity’ (in New Media New Intimacies, with Routledge, 2017); and co-edited special issue of Third Text: 'Trans-figurations: Transnational Perspectives on Domestic Spaces’ (2016).

Research interests

Critical theory, feminist aesthetics, psychoanalysis, women's art and design practice, contemporary art practice in historical, critical and philosophical contexts, critical approaches to visual culture and fashion theory.

Research statement

My research is situated within feminist art history and critical theory, focusing on concepts of the body, aesthetics, gender, identity, citizenship and activism within contemporary women’s art practice. Through different visual tropes of femininity, the psychoanalytical concept of the mirror and metaphors derived from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, and what Alice found there, I investigate gender identity and the politics of vision in contemporary women’s art.

I have a strong interest in spatial dimensions of women’s practice, and through the relationship between feminism and psychoanalysis, I explore how gender issues are found, communicated and miscommunicated across national and cultural boundaries.

Recently, I started exploring practices of embodiment in relation to the politics of space and belonging. I am particularly interested in how borders can be negotiated through the body (in particular the female body) as a site of learning, and how space can be produced and practised through the movement of the body.

Project awards, and grants


Migratory Homes. Funded by the AHRC Cultural Engagement grant, postdoctoral research project, Loughborough University, £15,000. 

Selected research outputs