Jade Elizabeth French is a writer, researcher and curatorial programmer born in Manchester and now based in East London.
Currently completing a PhD at Queen Mary, University of London, supervised by Dr. Suzanne Hobson and Dr. Morag Shiach. Jade's research explores the female ageing process in modernist texts, with a specific focus on the late works of H.D, Mina Loy and Djuna Barnes. She is interested in applying cultural gerontological theories in a modernist context, particularly looking at embodiment, archives and the 'gaze of youth'.
As the co-founder of the interdisciplinary arts project Decorating Dissidence she is currently exploring the ways modernist and contemporary craft practices intersect. This has led to a series of exhibitions, conferences and a special issue as well as an ongoing blog.
She edited and produced the book Let’s Start A Pussy Riot (2013) with artist Emely Neu and Rough Trade Records, from which she has lectured internationally on the subject of feminism and DIY protest.
As a writer, she focuses on the intersection between art, culture, tech and social issues and has been published in Times Literary Supplement, Wired, The Guardian Guide, CityMetric, amongst others.
As a curatorial programmer, she has run many exhibitions and events – from performance art nights and groups shows to the talk series PEAKS – always with an emphasis on supporting emerging artists and creating ongoing collaborative dialogues.