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Ms Gabriella Daris

Research project: Yoko Ono: Towards a Historical Ontology of Conceptual Art


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I am an art historian, critic, and curator. Formerly an art, dance and film critic at Blouin Artinfo and Modern Painters, I publish broadly across academic, critical and curatorial readership on the intersection between the art, dance, film, philosophy and psychoanalysis. I am a member of the International Association of Art Critics, the European Society of Aesthetics, and the British Society of Aesthetics. Solo exhibitions I have curated include YOKO ONO: LOOKING FOR... (2019); YOKO ONO: SKY PIECES (2019); Liliane Lijn: Early Events, Five Narrative Sculptures (2017); Gustav Metzger: Dancing Tubes Interventions (2015) and Yoko Only: P.J. van Sandwijk's Photographs of The Plastic Ono Band (2013 & 2014). 

Areas of research interest

  • Philosophy of Art & Art Theory
  • Critical Theory
  • Aesthetics
  • Criticism and Interpretation
  • History of art
  • Conceptual art


  • MRes in Humanities & Cultural Studies, The London Consortium, University of London
  • PgD in Dance Writing & Criticism, University of Chichester
  • BA Hons in the History of Art & Literature, Goldsmiths College, University of London

Funding or awards received

  • Henry Moore Foundation (2019)
  • British Society of Aesthetics (2018)
  • Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation (2018)
  • Emily Harvey Foundation (2018)


Daris, Gabriella ed. (2017) Liliane Lijn: Early Events, Five Narrative Sculptures. Edinburgh, Scotland: Summerhall. ISBN 978-1-9998109-0-0

Daris, Gabriella (2017) Liliane Lijn's Fragments of Memories and The Fragmented Body. In: Liliane Lijn: Early Events, Five Narrative Sculptures. Edinburgh, Scotland: Summerhall, pp. 1-12. ISBN 978-1-9998109-0-0

Daris, Gabriella (2017) Anagnosis of Hysteria: Bibliothèque/Amphithéâtre/Shrine Charcot. Performance Research journal (On Libraries) 2 (2), pp. 122-129. ISSN 1352-8165

Daris, Gabriella (2016) Holy Corners Golf Club: Golf balling as foreplay. Performance Research journal (On Game Structures) 21 (4), pp. 134-136. ISSN 352-8166

Daris, Gabriella (2015) Concerning the spiritual in Jaakko Mattila's art. In: Jaakko Mattila (Tokyo: youkobo art space), pp. 4-5. ISBN 978-4-9908274-1-0

Daris, Gabriella (2015) The veil of ignorance or unveiling Yoko Ono's Cut Piece. In: Scene: Critical Costume, 2 (1-2), pp. 133-145. ISSN 2044-3714

Daris, Gabriella (2014) Instructions as Consensus: Yoko Ono's Fictional Rules. Hysteria, 2. London, U.K.: Square Knot, n.p.

Daris, Gabriella (2013) A journey through the neck of the womb: Annie Sprinkle's Public Cervix Announcement. The Spanner quarterly (On Socking), 9. London, U.K.: Unbound, pp. 4. ISSN 2049-1816

Daris, Gabriella (2013) Doors of Perception: The Thin Veil. In: Kinetica Art Fair 2013. London, U.K.: Kinetica Museum, pp. 28-29

Daris, Gabriella, ed. (2013) Tarik Berber: Heterotopias of Time. London, U.K.: Square Knot.

Daris, Gabriella, Collete, Charles, Melville, Anthony trans. (2013) Pope Joan: A Historical Study. The Journal of the London Institute of Pataphysics, 7 (140). London, U.K.: Atlas Press. ISBN 13:978-1-900565-19-6

Conference papers

Daris, Gabriella (2019) The body of Christ qua the body of the cathedral: decoding the conceptual space of Michael Clark's Five Wounds. In: 21st International Congress of Aesthetics; 22-26 July 2019, Belgrade, Serbia.

Daris, Gabriella (2018) Occult Portraiture: Exploring the notion of the presence of absence in the work of Michael Clark. In: Portraiture: An Interdisciplinary Conference; 13-15 July 2018, Durham, U.K. (Unpublished)

Daris, Gabriella (2017) Theatres of Air: Staging Metaphysics. Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Antonin Artaud, Yves Klein, Yoko Ono. In: Theatricality and the Arts Symposium; 23-24 Sep 2017, Lancaster, U.K. (Unpublished)

Daris, Gabriella (2017) Pausing the dying or posing for death? Deciphering the hieroglyphs in Evgenii Bauer's silent film, The Dying Swan. In: Death & the Maiden Conference; 21-24 July 2017, Winchester, U. K. (Unpublished)

Daris, Gabriella (2016) Breathing Space: Void and the Corporeality of Air in the Work of Gustav Metzger. In: 42nd Association of Art Historians Conference; 7-9 April 2016, Edinburgh, Scotland (Unpublished)

Daris, Gabriella (2015) Gustav Metzger's Dancing Tubes, #21 Performance Studies international Conference; 18-23 May 2015, Santorini, Greece. (Unpublished)

Daris, Gabriella (2011) Mother Earth Mediations: Turning Landscapes into Bodyscapes. In: Imagining Spaces/Imagining Places Conference; 24-26 August 2011, Helsinki, Finland. (Published)

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