Gemma Rodrigues
ERAChair Researcher

Expertise Areas:
Technology's intersections with race, gender and geopolitical difference; history and theory of art and material culture in the Global South; Africa in a global perspective
Research Projects:

Social Technology Ecosystems in sub-Saharan Africa, http://ssa.m-iti.org/

Strategic Narratives of Technology and Africa, https://snta.m-iti.org/

Gemma Rodrigues is a curator and historian of African art and material culture in a global perspective. Her most recent research explores the creation and uses of technology in 'peripheral' zones; interfaces among technology, art, and activist politics in the Global South; and the various ways technology and its discourses intersect with race, gender, and geopolitical difference. She is a Research Fellow at M-ITI and holds graduate degrees in art history from the University of St. Andrews and Harvard University. From 2010 to 2015, Rodrigues was the Curator of African Arts at the Fowler Museum at UCLA and a co-editor of UCLA’s journal African Arts (MIT Press). She taught art history at the Harare Polytechnic 1997-2000, and in 1998 she co-founded the Batapata Artists' Trust, both in Zimbabwe. Her recent publications include essays in Global Art and the Practice of the University Museum (Routledge, 2017) and World Share: Installations by Pascale Marthine Tayou (Fowler Museum at UCLA/Washington UP, 2016). Her most recent exhibition project, Bizindalo! Art and Technology in Africa, was on display at Funchal's Museu de Eletricidade in 2017. Her research has received support from the Getty Foundation, the National Endowment of the Arts, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.