Isabel's anthropological work focusses on material and visual culture studies, specifically the anthropology of death, anthropology of art, queer theory, critical reflections on the role of the ethnographer, postcolonial realities in West Africa, cleaning practices, negotiations of ownership in public space and ethnographic film. They also translate artist publications as well as texts and catalogues for museums.
Isabel holds a PhD in anthropology from Goethe University Frankfurt. Their thesis explores the materiality of death in a Ghanaian Ewe community and looks at how a political economy of death is created in engaging with the material world. Their first short film ‘Now I Am Dead’ is a collaboration with Philipp Bergmann and was featured at numerous film festivals, conferences and exhibitions. Their second short film is a collaboration with visual artist Nike Arnold.
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