Esther Windsors’ PhD, Ugly Beast, is a practice led project in contemporary fine art, framed by a lived experience of a curatorial history. It uses manifesto, novel and exhibition as strategies of research, which repositions the curators voice and agency, questioning the expanded field of curating, social sculpture and subjectivity.
Ugly Beast Manifesto responds to her curatorial archive, held on www.estherwindsor.com proposing life as art. It was informed by: 70’s feminist practice; Stuart Hall & CCCS; New Left Review; Kaprow’s Happenings; Irigaray’s psychoanalytic language; Warhol’s pragmatic address book and personal experience of BANK, in tabloid, fax backs and events in 90’s Shoreditch, London. Ugly Beast Novel tells a story of art world characters, a teacher, artist, dealer and gallery director.
Esther Windsor is a curator, artist and writer, teaching critical theory on MFA at Kingston with specialism in subjectivities and psychoanalysis.
She has curated at The ICA, Camerawork Gallery and Darkroom, The Photographers’ Gallery and established two art school galleries, the waiting room, University of Wolverhampton and mirror, LCP London. She was director at Hull Time Based Arts and co directed 1000 000 mph, London.