Gemma Marmalade

Doctoral Researcher

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Fine art , Photography , Media arts

Courses taught: Fine Art

Gemma is conducting a practice-based PhD that considers art as an agent of sophistry and the artist as contemporary demagogue.


Gemma is a British artist specialising in photography, video and performance. Her practice playfully negotiates notions of authenticity in history, science and politics. After graduating from her BA Photography at the University of Derby and MA Photography at the London College of Communication (UAL) she has exhibited widely, including at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; The Photographers' Gallery, London; The Apulia Film Commission, Bari; and the State Museum of Gulag, Moscow.

Gemma is also an academic, teaching Photography, Video Art, Fine Art and Contextual Studies in Higher Education.

Research interests

Research synopsis:

[Con]Artist: A Study of Art as an Agent of Sophistry and the Artist as Contemporary Demagogue is a practice led body of research exploring how deliberate fictions can be rendered as persuasive conceptual truths. Gemma's research considers the authorial voice and influence of the artist within an institutional critique through an investigation of performed oration, the gestural qualities of cogency and humour as a tool of disruption.