Mr Ben Wiedel-Kaufmann
School of Humanities and Performing Arts (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)
Associate Lecturer; PhD Researcher
BA (Hons), History of Art, Churchill College, University of Cambridge, 2007 (MA Cantab, 2013)
ARHI403PP - Art History and its Objects
My PhD research examines relations between Left-wing politics and mural production in London between 1975 and the dissolution of the Greater London Council in 1986. Across these years somewhere in the region of five hundred murals appeared on the exterior walls of London's streets. Funded by a complex amalgam of more or less direct governmental patronage, many of these murals were rooted in, and gave form to, the politics of the radical and oppositional Left. Focussing on a group of approximately fifteen such murals, my study combines archival research and interviews, with visual, iconographic and contextual analysis to examine the position and agency of the objects within the social, cultural, political and geographical contestations of the historical conjuncture. In so doing it offers a reconsideration of the mural form’s position within histories of British and post-war public art.
Grants & contracts
HuMPA Postgraduate Research Studentship, 2014-
Creative practice & artistic projects
Murals and the State, in For Walls With Tongues, An Oral History of Street Murals, 1966-1985, ed. Stephen Lobb, (London: Greenwich Mural Workshop, 2019), 8-11.