Dr Gabriela Nicolescu

gabriela nicolescu


Research Affiliate

Gabriela Nicolescu is a visual anthropologist and curator with research interests in ageing and care, migration, museum anthropology and exhibition making. She gained her PhD in Visual Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London, and then worked on several projects as a curator and postdoctoral researcher at Goldsmiths and University College Cork (Ireland).  She curated exhibitions in Austria, Hong Kong, Hungary, Republic of Moldova, Romania, United Kingdom and the Philippines and published in several journals, including the Journal of Design History, Journal of Material Culture, World Art and Anthropology and Aging.

Until recently, Gabriela was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the School, working on the Disobedient Buildings project, funded by AHRC.

or links to pre-peer reviewed versions of articles, exhibitions and research visit gabrielanicolescu.com/

Selected publications

Nicolescu, Gabriela. (2019). ‘Keeping the elderly alive: Global Entanglements and Embodied Practices in Long-Term Care in Southeast Italy.’ In Anthropology & Aging, Vol 40, No 1: 72-88. ISSN 2374-2267 (online) DOI 10.5195/aa.2019.202.

Nicolescu, Gabriela. (2018). ‘From border fetishism to tactical socialism.’ In East Central Europe, vol. 45, no.2, Special Issue: "State Socialist Experts in Transnational Perspective." Vol 45, No 2: 1-28, DOI 10.1163/18763308-04502005.

Nicolescu Gabriela. (2017). (co-authored with Magdalena Buchczyk, Alexandra Urdea) ‘Forging Folklore, Disrupting Archives: Curatorial explorations between tradition and innovation’ In Martor, The Anthropologcal Journal of the National Museum of the Romanian Peasant.

Nicolescu, Gabriela. (2017) ‘On Ruination: Piercing the skin of communism in 1990s Romania.’ In World Art Magazine, pp. 1-24. Special Issue: Aesthetics, Ethics and Politics, (ed) Magda Crăciun.] DOI: 10.1080/21500894.2017.1330762.

Nicolescu, Gabriela. (2016) ‘The Museum Lexis: Driving Objects into Ideas.’ In The Journal of Material Culture, Vol 21 (4), pp. 465-489. DOI: 10.1177/1359183516664207.

Nicolescu, Gabriela. (2016) ‘Decorativa: the monopoly of visual production in socialist Romania. The centralised organisation of museum displays in the 1960s and 1970s.’ in The Journal of Design History, Special Issue Design Dispersed, (ed) Adam Drazin and Pauline Garvey, pp. 71-84. doi:10.1093/jdh/epv053.

Selected exhibitions (co) curated:

Hidden Galleries: Clandestine Religion in the Secret Police Archives, curated with James Kapalo, The Art Museum in Cluj-Napoca, 21 November – 29 December 2019.

Hair! Human Stories, curated with Emma Tarlo. The Library Space, London, 7-26 June.

Material Contemplations in Cloth and Hair, curated with Janis Jefferies and Emma Tarlo. Constance Howard Gallery, London, 27 April – 26 May 2018.

Beyond Myself, curated with Mark Johnson and Deirdre McKay in London, Manila and Hong Kong. London, 3 December 2017 - 30 January 2018, Kings Way Corridor, Richard Hoggart Building Goldsmiths, University of London. Manila, 15 February - 26 March 2018, The Vargas Museum Quenzon City and Hong Kong, 26 April - 14 May 2018, Hive Spring in Wong Chuk Hang.

Austerity Bites, Food Stories from Lewisham, (with Dr Henrike Donner and Dr Dominique Santos). Goldsmiths, Stuart Hall Building, London, 23 May -07 June 2016. 

Revisiting Romania (as consultant, I curated one glass case) Horniman Museum, London, 06 October 2014 – 14 September 2016. 

Forging Folklore, Disrupting Archives (curated with Alexandra Urdea and Magda Buchczyk). Constance Howard Gallery, London, 1 May – 15 July 2014.

Connections, Objects in Relation and Context, The National Museum of the Romanian Peasant, Bucharest, 26 May - 12 June 2011.

Domestic Red [Roșu Domestic] (Asociația Akordeonului 15) Hag Gallery, Bienala pentruTineret Violența Imaginii și Imaginea Violenței 10 October – 20 November 2004.  

Social Realism versus Reality, Museum of Young Art, Vienna, 13 April – 3 May 2006.

1980s in Bucharest, the every day life of socialism, The Museum of the Romanian Peasant, Bucharest, 2000.