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Ian Alan Paul

PhD, Film & Digital Media Studies, UC Santa Cruz, CA, USA, 2016

MFA, Art, San Francisco Art Institute, CA, USA, 2011

MA, History & Theory of Contemporary Art, San Francisco Art Institute, CA, USA, 2011

Ian Alan Paul is an artisttheorist whose work examines enactments of power and practices of resistance in global contexts. Their projects are formally diverse, often making use of writing, photography, video, and code. Over the course of their life, Ian has lived, developed projects, and taught at universities in the United States, Mexico, Spain, Egypt, and Palestine, and has exhibited their work and given lectures internationally. They received their PhD in Film and Digital Media Studies from UC Santa Cruz in 2016, and is presently based in Barcelona.


  1. Climate, Capitalism, Control — The Public School, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 2019 
  2. Contentious Objects / Ashamed Subjects — Galleria del Progetto, Milan, Italy, 2019 
  3. The National Gallery of Victoria Triennial, Melbourne, Australia, 2018 
  4. Futureproof — Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford, PA, USA, 2017 
  5. How Much of this is Fiction — Hek, Basel, Switzerland & FACT, Liverpool, UK, 2017 
  6. As If — Framer Framed, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2017 
  7. Make Use — Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland, 2016 



  1. Moving Images (co-editor), Transcript Verlag, 2020
  2. “Controlling the Crisis,” published in Moving Images, Transcript Verlag, 2020 
  3. “Civil Disobedience,” published in The Routledge Encyclopedia of Citizen Media, 2020 
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