is an anthropologist, translator, curator and filmmaker working between academia and art.
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. As part of the a-disciplinary artist platform ‘K’, she recently co-curated and organised ‘This house is not a home’, a collective and experiential exhibition format at Lothringer 13 Halle in Munich. She also translates artist publications as well as texts and catalogues for museums.
Isabel holds a PhD in anthropology from Goethe University Frankfurt. Her 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. Her first short film ‘Now I Am Dead’ is a collaboration with Philipp Bergmann and was recently featured at numerous film festivals, conferences and exhibitions.
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