People PhD

Victoria Burgher

Victoria Burgher is an artist with a BA (Hons) in Ceramics from the University of Westminster and an MA in Art & Politics from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Her techne/AHRC doctoral research project uses porcelain as a ceramic material and investigative tool to reveal and challenge the hegemony of whiteness in relation to the values and legacy of British colonialism. Porcelain, cherished as it is for its ‘purity’, becomes an apt material and concept to embody, expose and contest social, cultural and historically constructed ideologies of whiteness. Her practice-based research explores how the properties of porcelain – its fractiousness and vulnerability when raw, its strength, whiteness and translucency when fired – can challenge terms such as fragility and innocence explored through ideologies of whiteness. Key to her project is interrogating how and in what spaces an artistic practice can be affective as anti-racist activism.

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