Dr Anna Parlane

Anna is a lecturer at Monash University who teaches across the art history and curatorial practice programs. Within a research area broadly including contemporary art and its recent histories, she has written most extensively on the work of contemporary New Zealand artist Michael Stevenson. Anna has a particular interest in how alternative or marginalised epistemologies can be expressed through art practice. This has manifested in research into several distinct topics: religious art, particularly in relation to non-linear conceptions of time; First Nations art histories; feminist practices and art made by untrained artists. 

Anna’s background encompasses fine art practice, museum studies, curatorship and art history. Prior to taking up her current role at Monash University, she taught modern and contemporary art history at the University of Melbourne and the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She also previously worked as Assistant curator, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, and was Curatorial assistant for the 4th Auckland Triennial, Last Ride in a Hot Air Balloon, 2010.

Anna is a founding member and regular contributor to Memo Review, and has published work in both peer-reviewed and industry publications including DisciplineEMAJReading Room and Art in Australia.


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