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Dr Simon Faulkner

Senior Lecturer
Art History

Dr Simon Faulkner

Simon is Programme Leader for three degrees BA (Hons) Art History, BA (Hons) Art History and Curating, and BA (Hons) Fine Art and Art History. He was formerly the route leader for the MA in Visual Culture. He was awarded a PhD, 'A Cultural Economy of British Art: 1958-1966’ in 1999.

Simon's undergraduate teaching focusses on the history of modern art and on contemporary art and visual culture. In particular he is interested in the theory and history of photography, the social uses of images, and relationship between contemporary art practices and politics.

Simon's postgraduate teaching on MA Visual Culture has covered a range of concerns, including issues of representation and responsibility, relationships between word and image, visual culture and human geography, cultural memory, and the role of visibility and aesthetics within political practices. See the MA Visual Culture blog - 'viscultblog":

Simon has a teaching blog, related to both his undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, and his current research interests, called 'Simon's teaching blog':

Simon has supervised four PhDs to completion and welcomes research students in the areas of mid-twentieth century British art, relationships between visual culture, race, and nationhood, visual images and cultural memory, the visual representation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and relationships between contemporary art, visual activism, and conflict.

His past research has been focussed on aspects of British art during the mid-twentieth century in particular contemporary art and commercial culture in the mid-1960s, R. B. Kitaj, David Hockney, John Minton, and British Pop Art.

His current interests are focussed on visual practices and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict/Israeli occupation. In this context he is interested in photographers such as Gilad Ophir, Roi Kuper, Miki Kratsman, Eldad Rafaeli, Rula Halawani, Gaston Zvi Ickowicz, Tarek Al Ghoussein, and Yazan Alkhalili, and the paintings of David Reeb, Larry Abramson, and Gilad Efrat, as well as more conceptual, or site-specific projects produced by artists such as Ronen Eidelman, Khaled Hourani, Khaled Jarrar, and Vera Tamari. Also important in this area is a concern with visual activism and the Israeli occupation in the work of ActiveStills, Artists Without Walls, the 'Liminal Spaces' project, the'Decolonising Architecture' project, and the archival/curatorial work of Ariella Azoulay and Hagit Keysar. Recent research has concentrated on Israeli visual producers, but current and future field work will encompass the work of Palestinian photographers and artists working in Jerusalem and the West Bank, especially Ramallah. My interest in relationships between visual images and the Israeli occupation also extends to research on the photographic representation of the West Bank Wall by artists, the press, and by amateurs on photo-sharing websites.

Research in this area has involved the organisation of the first UK showing of the exhibition 'Desert Generation: 40 Years of Occupation, 1967-2007, Israeli and Palestinian Artists Against the Occupation and for a Just Peace' in the Holden Gallery at Manchester Metropolitan University in April 2008. This exhibition was accompanied by a one-day conference entitled 'Art, Visual Culture, and the Israeli Occupation' in May 2008. For details see

Simon is also interested in working with artists and photographers. At present this interest is developing through an artist/writer's book project with the Israeli artist David Reeb see:

In May and June 2010 Simon was a writer in residence at the Digital Art Lab in Holon, Israel. During this time he engaged in further field-work and worked on the book project with David Reeb. See:
A second leg of this residency was spent at the Digital Art Lab in August and September 2011.

Simon has been an external examiner for the BA in Visual Culture at Middlesex University (1999-2003) and the BA in Visual Culture at the University of Brighton (2003-2007).

Recent conference papers, research papers, and panel presentations:

(with Farida Vis) 'Towards developing a theoretical and methodological model for studying images on social media', International Communication Association Conference, London, June 2013

'"Now you get a picture, you can put it in your Facebook": Thoughts on activism, the movement of images, and Israel/Palestine', Social Media and Political Horizons: Israel/Palestine, the Middle East and Beyond workshop, The University of Manchester, June 2013

'Live without an idea: Gerhard Richter's RAF Paintings', Disturbing Pasts: Memories, Controversies, and Creativity conference, Museum of Ethnography, Vienna, November 2012

'Photographing the wild zone of power', Art and Photography symposium, Manchester Art Gallery, October, 2012

'Israel/Palestine and the Politics of Curiosity', Insight Palestina conference, Leeds University, June 2012

'Creative resistance and image events: The village of Bil'in in the West Bank', Visiting Speaker Seminar, Department of Media and Communication, the University of Leicester, May 2011

'Picasso in Palestine: Art and the Border Question', Remaking Borders, First EastBordNet Conference, Monastero dei Benedettini, Catania, January 2011

'Image Events in Bil'in', MeCCSA Annual Conference, The University of Salford, January 2011

'Photography, citizenship and the Israeli occupation', Media, Communication and the Spectacle Conference, European Communication Research and Education Association, Eramus University, Rotterdam, November 2009

'Images, acts, and questions: Defining and teaching visual culture' and 'Fields of conflict/fields of vision', Visualizing Visual Cultural Studies at BZU Seminar, Birzeit University, March 2009

'Photography at the Hawara Checkpoint', MeCCSA Annual Conference, University of Bradford, January 2009

'The Writing on the Wall: Street Art and Political Activism', UK Jewish Film Festival, SOAS, November 2008

'Photography and the Citizens and Non-citizens of Israel', Culture and Citizenship Conference (CRESC), St Hugh's College Oxford, September 2008

'Painting the words of the occupation', Sites of Conflict Symposium, Nottingham University, July 2008

'Picturing the West Bank Wall', Art, Visual Culture and the Israeli Occupation Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University, May 2008

'Late Photography, Military Landscape, and Time', Contested Landscape Conference, Shenkar College, Ramat Gan, March 2008

'Wall Pictures', MeCCSA Annual Conference, Cardiff University, January 2008

‘Writing the occupation in photographs’, Dialogue Under Occupation II Conference, Al-Quds University, Jerusalem, November 2007

‘Photography, Engagement and the Israeli Occupation’, Interrogating Terror Conference, University of Brighton, September 2007

‘Necropolis: Photography, memory and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict’, War in Our World Conference, CIDRA, University of Manchester, July 2007

‘Art, Visibility, and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict’, Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences, Manchester Metropolitan University, May 2007

'Intimations of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the photographs of Roi Kuper and Gilad Ophir’, Aftermath Images: Location and Memory in Post-Conflict Representations symposium, Location, Memory and the Visual Research Group, Manchester Metropolitan University, May 2007

‘David Reeb: Painting, Photography, Occupation’, Association of Art Historians Annual Conference, University of Ulster, April 2007

'Necropolis: Photography and memories of Israel/Palestine’, Social History Society Annual Conference, University of Exeter, March 2007

‘Painting the words of the occupation: Image-text relationships in the work of David Reeb’, Language, Ideology and Power Research Group, Department of Discourse Studies, University of Lancaster, March 2007

‘Re-viewing Occupation: Art, Photojournalism and Israel’, Dialogue Under Occupation Conference, Northwestern Illinois University, November, 2006

‘Painting in an Occupying Society’, Visual Culture Research Seminars, University of Northumbria, June, 2006

Conference strands and events organised:
'Art, Visual Culture and the Israeli Occupation' One-Day Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University, May 2008

'Aftermath Images: Location and Memory in Post-Conflict Representations' symposium (organised with Fionna Barber), Centre for the Study of Location, Memory and the Visual, Manchester Metropolitan University, May 2007

One of the organisers of the 'Politics of Cultural Memory' conference at Manchester Metropolitan University, November 2004

‘Visual Representation and the Politics of Memory’ strand for the Annual Association of Art Historians Conference, April 2004

‘Visual Cultures of Landscape’ strand for the Annual Association of Art Historians Conference, April 2003

‘Whiteness’ strand for the Visual Culture in Britain Conference (organised with Lorna Healy), Tate Britain, September 2002

‘Visualising Whiteness’, with Lorna Healy, Tate Britain, February 2001

‘Visual Culture at the End of Empire’, session for the Visual Culture in a Changing Society: Britain, 1940-2000 Conference, University of Northumbria, July 2000

‘Picturing Political Histories’, Corner House, Manchester, November 1996


Art, occupation, and responsibility

Originally published in the catalogue 'David Reeb: Paintings, 2006-2007' (Tel Aviv: ednt, 2007). When viewed from the perspective of categories of critical discourse David Reeb’s practice appears to fulfil contradictory functions. Details…

David Reeb: Painting Bil'in and elsewhere

First published in the on-line journal, 'Ma'arav, http://www.maarav. Details…

Preoccupied with Conflict

Review of “Dateline Israel: new photography and video art", The Jewish Museum, New York, March-August 2007 www.thejewishmuseum. Details…

The Black Box of the Occupation Revisited

(Originally published in Afterimage, vol. 35, no. Details…

The Institutional Life

This is a short text written for Gavin Parry and Dave Penny's limited edition book 'Anatomy of an Institution' (Righton Press 2011; isbn: 981-1-900756-65-5). See: http://www. Details…


Simon Faulkner is a member of:

A selection of recent research outputs.

Jointly Authored Book

Faulkner, S., 2007. 'Art, Occupation, and Responsibility in David Reeb: Paintings 2006-2007', ednt, Tel Aviv.

Boulton, A. Faulkner, S. Schofield, J. Weight, A., 2007. 'Restricted areas', MIRIAD, MMU, The Wapping Project.

Edited Books

Faulkner, S. Aulich, J. Burke, L., 2010. 'The Politics of Cultural Memory', Cambridge Scholars Press, Cambridge.

Faulkner, S. Ramamurthy, R., 2006. 'Visual Culture and Decolonisation in Britain', Ashgate Publishing, London.

Book Chapters

Faulkner, S., 2013. 'British Pop Art and the high/low divide (forthcoming)'. In Dana Arnold, David Peters Corbett, Matthew Johnson (eds.) Remapping British Art and Architecture, Blackwell Publishing.

Faulkner, S., 2013. 'On Israel/Palestine and the Politics of Visibility (forthcoming)'. In Katarzyna Marciniak and Imogen Tyler (eds.) Immigrant Protest: Politics, Aesthetics, and Everyday Protest, State University of New York Press.

Faulkner, S., 2013. 'Seen at a Distance'. In Martin Roberts (eds.) Caught in the Crossfire: Artistic Responses to Conflict, Peace and Reconciliation, 8-10, Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry.

Vis, F., Faulkner, F., Parry, K., Manyukhina, Y., Evans, L., 2013. 'Twitpic-ing the riots: Analysing images shared on Twitter during the 2011 UK riots (forthcoming)'. In K. Weller, A. Bruns, J. Burgess, M. Mahrt, C. Puschmann (eds.) Twitter and Society, Peter Lang, New York.

Faulkner, S., 2012. 'The Institutional Life'. In Gavin Parry and David Penny (eds.) Anatomy of an Institution, Anatomy Projects.

Faulkner, S., 2011. 'To those who were supposed to be with us'. In Roi Kuper (eds.) To Eat of the Leviathan Flesh Trilogy, 5-11, Possibility of a Book, Holon, Israel.

Faulkner, S., 2009. 'Land, landscape and the wild zone of power'. In Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem (eds.) Nature/Nation, Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem.

Faulkner, S., 2008. 'Picturing the Oslo Process: Photography, Painting and the Belated Occupation'. In Hilde Van Gelder and Helen Westgeest (eds.) Photography Between Poetry and Politics: The Critical Position of the Photographic Medium in Contemporary Art, chapter 7, 103-121, Leuven University Press.

Faulkner, S., 2007. 'Painting Like a Fan? Peter Blake in the 1950s'. In Christoph Grunenberg and Laurence Sillars (eds.) Peter Blake: A Retrospective, chapter 1, Tate Publishing, London.

Faulkner, S., 2006. 'Homoexoticism: John Minton in London and Jamaica, 1950-1951'. In Tim Barringer, Douglas Fordham, Geoff Quilley (eds.) Art and the British Empire, Manchester University Press, Manchester.

Faulkner, S., 2006. 'Late Colonial Exoticism: John Minton and Jamaica, 1950-1952'. In Faulkner, S. Ramamurthy, A. (eds.) Visual Culture and Decolonisation in Britain, Ashgate Publishing, London.

Faulkner, S., 2000. 'The History Behind the Surface: R. B. Kitaj and the Spanish Civil War'. In J. Aulich, J. Lynch (eds.) Critical Kitaj, Manchester University Press, Manchester.

Faulkner, S., 1999. 'Hockney a la Picasso in Historical Context (translated into French)'. In Musee Picasso (eds.) David Hocknet: Dialogue Avec Picasso, Musee Picasso, Paris.

Internet Publications

Faulkner, S., 2008. 'David Reeb: Painting Bil'in and elsewhere', Ma'arav,

Faulkner, S., 2007. 'Preoccupied with Conflict (Review of Dateline Israel: New Photography and Video Art, Jewish Museum, New York, 2007', NYFA Current,

Journal Articles

Faulkner, S., 2013. ''Images and demonstrations in the occupied West Bank' (forthcoming November)', JOMEC Journal: Journalism, Media, and Cultural Studies.

Faulkner, S., 2012. 'The Most Photographed Wall in the World', Photographies.

Faulkner, S., 2010. 'David Reeb: The politics of here and there', Programma, 3.

Faulkner, S., 2010. 'Review of 'The Framed World: Tourism, Tourists and Photography' (Mike Roobinson and David Picard, eds)', Visual Culture in Britain, 11/2, 300-305.

Faulkner, S., 2009. 'Photography in the service of citizenship: Ariella Azoulay’s Act of State', Programma, 1, 129-135.

Faulkner, S. Leaver, A. Vis, F., Williams, K., 2008. 'Art for Art's Sake or Selling Up?', European Journal of Communication, 23:3, 295-317.

Faulkner, S., 2007. 'The Black Box of the Occupation Revisited: Photography, Responsibility, and the Israeli Occupation', Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism, 35:3, 13-16.

Faulkner, S., 2003. '"Asylum Seekers", Imagined Geography and Visual Culture', Visual Culture in Britain, April 2003.

Faulkner, S., 2000. 'Art, Cigarettes and Visual Culture in the Sixties: The Peter Stuyvesant Foundation and the New Generation Exhibitions, 1964-66', Visual Culture in Britain, 2000.