Vanessa Hodgkinson (b. 1982) is an artist living and working in London. She studied History of Art at Cambridge University where she specialised in Ottoman art and architecture and Orientalism. After her undergraduate degree, she spent time living in Kuwait, and traveled extensively in the Middle East and Iran, holding residencies with the A. M. Qattan Foundation in Ramallah (2007), and Leighton House Museum in London (2008).
Her work was also featured in 'A Journey Into The World of the Ottomans' at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar (2010), a critically acclaimed exhibition looking at Orientalism in the Ottoman Empire, organised by Olga Nefedova of the Orientalist Museum.
Hodgkinson's work looks at Orientalism through a contemporary lens. She makes work that looks at both past examples and modes of Orientalism in painting, but also question the present possibilities of Orientalism, both as a negative value, but also whether, through careful and critical dialogue, a more positive and playful approach can be suggested.
In a world where art is becoming more globalised, how can a western artist respond to the vibrant Middle East without being an Orientalist? This and many other related questions lie at the heart of Hodgkinson's practice.