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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  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); 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 (2014 & 2013). I am the convener of the first Yoko Ono International Symposium that took place at the University of Cambridge (2019). My work has been supported by the Henry Moore Foundation; Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation; Emily Harvey Foundation, and British Society of Aesthetics.

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) Yoko Ono's Concept of Change. In: Cambridge Festival of Ideas; 14-27 October 2019, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK. (Unpublished)

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. (Unpublished)

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. Rousseau, Artaud, Klein, 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 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. In: #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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