Erin Devine is a Ph.D. candidate from Indiana University studying Contemporary Art. Her dissertation, From Translation to Transgression: The Feminism(s) of Shirin Neshat, investigates the relationship between postcolonial discourse and theories of transnational feminism against the transgressive potentials within the videos, photographs, and filmic works of Iranian-American Shirin Neshat, who speaks to cultural and gendered conditions of the Middle East from a Western vantage point.
Other areas of research have included a publication, Marginalization as Use: Race & Gender in the Work of Yoko Ono, in the International Journal of the Arts in Society. She has also presented a number of works on race, gender, and postcolonial issues in contemporary art at conferences in the U.S., including most recently Capitalist Productions: William Pope.L & the Black Male Body at the 2009 Southeast College Art Conference.
Before moving to Bloomington to attend graduate school and work as the Curatorial Associate for the School of Fine Arts Gallery at Indiana University, Erin was active in the art scene in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. As a gallery owner and as Exhibitions Manager for the Louisville Visual Art Association, she was President of LOOK, the professional consortium of art museums and galleries in the greater Louisville area, and served appointments on two mayoral committees for public art and architecture. She has juried numerous exhibits and competitions throughout the midwest, while also exhibiting her own work in painting, installation, and performance art both regionally and internationally.