Anita N. Bateman is a seventh year PhD candidate in Art History who specializes in modern and contemporary African art and art of the African diaspora. Under the supervision of Professor Richard J. Powell, she is writing a dissertation entitled “Ethiopia in Focus: Photography, Nationalism, Diaspora, and Modernization.” In it, she examines the photography of Ethiopia in the context of nationalism, Italian imperialism, and the influence of Marxism-Leninism. Conjointly, she attends to Ethiopia’s current status as a center of art and the ways in which Habesha and Oromo ethnic groups are represented in images and social media.
Anita received a BA in Art cum laude from Williams College in 2013, and an MA in Art History from Duke University in 2016. Her interests include the history of photography, social justice art, curatorial studies/museum studies, and intersectional feminism (womanism). She was the Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow in the Prints, Drawings, and Photographs department at RISD Museum from 2017 to 2019.