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Fiona Johnstone

Fiona Johnstone is a final year AHRC-funded doctoral student at Birkbeck, University of London. Her thesis ‘Challenging Portraiture: AIDS, self-representation and the death of the artist’ examines self-portraits by HIV-positive artists in order to address the complex relationship between AIDS and (self)-representation, and more broadly, between illness and creative practice in the visual sphere. As well as co-organising ‘Visualising Illness’ she is also currently co-convening ‘A Picture of Health: Representations and Imaginings of Wellbeing and Illness’ a postgraduate conference hosted by the Association of Art Historians (Wellcome Trust, 7 November 2014). She is a member of Durham’s Centre for Medical Humanities New Generations Programme, an interdisciplinary training scheme and research network for early career researchers in the medical humanities.

Fiona is currently co-editing a book on Anti-Portraiture (under contract with IB Tauris), and has written numerous essays for journals and exhibition catalogues.