Susan Light studied Fine Art at Leeds Polytechnic and San Francisco State University. A practising painter with a studio in NW London, her paintings were selected for the BP Portrait Award in 2009 and the Ruth Borchard Collection in 2012. She has also shown work in the Hunting Art Prizes, Chichester Open, NEAC, London Group and Discerning Eye amongst others.
Learning & Teaching Interests
Valeria Graziano taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Goldsmiths College, Queen Mary University, Greenwich University and St. John International University (IT). Guest lectures include Aalto University, Helsinki; NABA, Milan; PEI – MACBA, Barcelona; University of Palermo; Sheffield University; University of Bolzano; UIMP University, Cuenca (ES); and Stockholm University of the Arts. She was also involved in the development of the Youth Organizing Institute, an interdisciplinary summer school organized by Johns Hopkins University and the University of Bologna for young cultural and community organizers from the Balkan region (2006-2007).
Research Outputs & Interests
Valeria Graziano's research practice investigates and experiments with autonomous forms of organization that able to foster counter-conducts, reciprocal vulnerability and realise the presence of others as a source of pleasure. It is particularly inspired by militant research, radical pedagogy and institutional analysis.
Her projects addressed the relationship between organizational aesthetics, pedagogy and the production of collective subjectivities. In collaboration with Paolo Plotegher (Goldsmiths College), she curated Summer Drafts - Laboratories of Transversal Vivacity (2008-2012), a residency programme bringing together artists and cultural practitioners with migrant and anti-racist organizations in the border region of Bolzano (IT). With Janna Graham (Serpentine Gallery), she co-organized No Programme: Chronicles of a BureaucraticBeyond at the Plymouth Arts Centre (2007). Together with Manuela Zechner, she contributed to two editions of the Future Archive project, at Intermediae Madrid and in LASA, L'Havana, in the context of the X Biennale (2009). As one of the initiators of the collective Micropolitics Research Group, based at Goldsmiths College, she contributed to a number of participatory action research projects focusing on the circulation of value in creative economies. With colleagues at Queen Mary University, she facilitated Self.Organizing (2011), with Arianna Bove and Toni Pruig, a practice exchange series unpacking some of the conceptual paradoxes associated with notions of autonomy and 'self-management', and the School for Study initiative, led by Prof Stefano Harney, hosted at Pa-f (Performing Arts Forum) in 2013. She has been involved with the Carrot Workers Collective (2006-2011) against the use of free labour as an instrument of governance, and more recently she became a member of the Radical Education Forum, with whom she co-organized the State of Education Conference (2014).