Mr David Malik

Key information

Email address
Thesis title
Urban Art Forms in Freetown, Sierra Leone, and their Roles in the Making of Diasporic Identities in Communities in London, United Kingdom
Internal Supervisors
Dr Charles Gore


I am currently doing my PhD as a Collaborative Doctoral Award holder (Arts and Humanities Research Council funded) in a partnership with SOAS and the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Previously, I studied at SOAS, where I completed the BA programme in History of Art and Archaeology, and the MA programme in Contemporary Art and Art Theory of Asia and Africa.

I also studied at the Sotheby's Institute of Art in New York and at The Art Students League of New York.

My PhD is positioned as part of new approach in understanding trajectories of contemporary urban African art and design in their various art worlds; both local, regional and intercontinental.

Research interests

My interests lie in both the field of contemporary African arts and designs as well as in more long standing trajectories of visuality of Western and Central Africa as constituted in the present day and recent past.

  • African arts
  • African visual cultures including the mass media such as African photography, film, video, internet; performance, religion and ritual in contemporary African societies
  • Urban art practices in Sierra Leone
  • Masquerade in West and Central Africa
  • 'Popular culture'
  • Curating & collecting African arts
  • African Diaspora

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