Tina Barouti (USA) is a Los Angeles-based art historian and curator interested in colonialism’s impact on visual arts in Africa and West Asia. Her work aims to amplify marginalised perspectives in order to disrupt the Euro-American canon of art history.
During her residency at the Delfina Foundation, Tina will host a reading group and organise workshops that explore postcolonial theory and decoloniality in relation to art history and curatorial practice. As a Brooks International Fellow at the Tate Modern’s curatorial department, Barouti will use the museum’s collection of modern African art to investigate decolonisation movements and networks of pan-Africanism in the second half of the twentieth century. Her research will place particular emphasis on artists and intellectuals from northern African nations.
Tina earned her MA with a Certificate in African Studies (2015) and her PhD (2022) from Boston University’s History of Art and Architecture Department. Her doctoral dissertation offers the first in-depth, socio-political history of Morocco’s National Institute of Fine Arts in Tetouan. Barouti has presented her original research at professional conferences organised by the Association for Modern and Contemporary Art from the Arab World, Iran, and Turkey (AMCA), the Barjeel Art Foundation, NYU Abu Dhabi, and the Arts Council of the African Studies Association, to name a few. Her work has been supported by numerous grants, including a Fulbright U.S. Student Fellowship. From 2018 to 2021 Barouti was the curatorial assistant and editorial researcher for Moroccan Trilogy: 1950 – 2020 at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (31 March – 27 September 2021). In 2019, she participated in the CCL/Mellon Foundation Seminar in Curatorial Practice.
Currently, Tina is a Lecturer in the Art History, Theory, and Criticism Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a researcher for AMCA’s Mapping Art Histories in the Arab World, Iran, and Turkey project supported by the Getty Foundation’s Connecting Art Histories initiative and is a curatorial consultant for Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art. In 2022 she was awarded the Rhonda A. Saad Prize for Best Paper in Modern and Contemporary Arab Art.