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Uchenna Itam

PhD Candidate, Art History (Modern and Contemporary Art of the African Diaspora)

Research Interests

  • photography, video, and installation art

  • embodiment and the senses

  • the politics of identity

  • curatorial studies

  • exhibition history


MA, Humanities, University of Chicago

BA, History of Art, University of Pennsylvania


Uchenna Itam is a PhD candidate in Art History at The University of Texas at Austin. She specializes in modern and contemporary art of the African diaspora, focusing on embodiment-based practices in photography, video, and installation art. Her dissertation considers site-specific installations created in the United States from the early 1990s to the present that affect the senses of touch, smell, taste, and hearing while engaging with the politics of race, gender, and nationality. Uchenna is a founding member of the curatorial collective INGZ, which collaborates on projects that foster new ways of engaging the visual and political. She has previously held positions at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; The Phillips Collection; The Smart Museum of Art; and The Pace Gallery. Uchenna earned an MA in the Humanities from the University of Chicago and a BA in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania.