Interview with Alana Jelinek

Keywords: classical archaeology, art history, installation art, classical receptions


Alana Jelinek is an art historian and artist — “an artist making art, and also writing about art”, in her words — , a former European Research Council artist in residence at the Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Cambridge, and currently teaching in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Hertfordshire. Her art has revolved mostly around the issues of post- and neocolonialism and their connections with neoliberalism — a more implicit topic in her works from the 1990s on the “tourist gaze” developed into an interest in museums, collecting and ethnography throughout the past two decades. In this interview, she talks to thersites about the role of classical heritage and ancient art in her own work.

Author Biography

Filippo Carlà-Uhink, Universität Potsdam

Professor für Geschichte des Altertums an der Universität Potsdam

Akademischer Rat an der Pädagogischen Hochschule Heidelberg [2017-2018]

Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History (University of Exeter) [2014-2017]

Juniorprofessor for Cultural History of the Ancient World (JGU Mainz) [2010-2014]