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Dr. Yvette Greslé is a London-based art historian, writer, and teacher.

My research focuses on questions of memory, the archive and the moving image as art practice. Subsequent to completing my PhD at University College London in 2015, the idea of writing with art and writing as memory work has become a major interest.

My work as a whole is informed by my personal relationship to three geographical locations: South Africa, the Seychelles archipelago and the United Kingdom. The question of memory as it relates to historical conditions circumscribed by violence, in multiple forms, is a major concern. The ethics and politics of feminist, queer and anti-racist thought in relation to violence underpins my thinking.

The relationship between historiography and racism is a thread that runs throughout my work which focuses on the question of how history and memory is constituted. I am currently researching towards a book project which expands on some of the concerns of my PhD. For the duration of 2017, I was a Post Doctoral Fellow (Global Excellence Stature Fellowship) with the University of Johannesburg. I am currently a Research Associate with the Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Centre, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Johannesburg.

My first book takes the form of a memoir and is to be published with Copy Press (the Common Intellectual series).


  • Writing with art
  • Memory and History
  • Trauma and Violence (Apartheid)
  • The Archive
  • The ethics and politics of feminist, queer and anti-racist thought
  • Time and Temporality
  • Affect/Emotion
  • Geography and place
  • The moving image 
  • Performance Art/Performativity
  • Sound in Art
  • Contemporary art practices that have a relationship to the African continent and related diaspora. 
  • Contemporary British art practices