Niklas Wolf

Niklas Wolf

Niklas Wolf, Research Associate

Doctoral Thesis:
Vodun’s Visuals (Working Title)

Since September 2021 Niklas Wolf is a research associate at the University Zurich in the SNF Project Konflikt und Kooperation. Episteme und Methoden zwischen Kunstgeschichte, Kunst und Ethnologie am Beispiel performativer Bildpraktiken der Vodun (Conflict and Cooperation. Episteme and methods between art history, art and ethnology in the performative pictorial practices of Vodun). From 2018 – 2021 he was a research associate at the Institute for Art History at Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich (professorship for values of cultural heritage and provenance research). Since 2021 he is a co-editor of colophon. Magazin für Kunst und Wissenschaft (colophon. Magazine for Art and Science, Munich: Hammann von Mier Verlag).
In 2020 he co-organized and co-curated the conference and exhibition Photobook Africa. Tracing Stories and Imagery (Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich). From 2019 – 2021 he was a research associate with the Exploring Visual Cultures project (Academy of Fine Arts, Munich / University of Education, Winneba / University of South Africa, Pretoria). In 2019 he participated in the VW Summer School Anthropology and Contemporary Visual Arts from the Black Atlantic: between the Art Museum and the Global North (Dakar). In 2017 Niklas Wolf graduated from university with the masters thesis The Invention of Africa. Afrikanische Objekte im photographischen Blick der Moderne (The Invention of Africa. African objects in the photographic gaze of modernity). He publishes and teaches on topics like African Art History (focussing on tradition based art), Material Culture, Interculturality and Aesthetics, Museology and Display.



Selected publications:

ZADOKELI. EFO SELA x MAWULI ADZEI x ELIKPLIM AKORLI (ed. with G. Edzordzi Agbozo), Accra 2023

Produktion und Re-Produktion. Die Camera als kanonisierende Maschine und ihre Vor-Bilder, in: Roth, Helene; Wolf, Niklas (eds.): colophon. Magazin für Kunst und Wissenschaft. #5 Kanon, München: Edition Metzel 2023

Past, Present and Future. Mapping Vodun and the art of Edouard Duval-Carrié, in: Sissis, Philippa; Singler, Christopher (eds.): Beyond the Black Atlantic. Africanidades. Online Journal of the Museo Afro-Brasileiro da Universidade Federal da Bahia (special issue), 2023 (translations: Passado, presente e futuro: mapeando o vodun e a arte de Edouard Duval-Carrié / Passé, présent et futur. Cartographie du Vodun et l’art d’Édouard Duval-Carrié)

Calibrating the Earth. Die Suche nach dem Paradies im Südpazifik, in: Bombeck, Sophie-Charlotte; Kulturamt Lindau (eds.): In situ Paradise. 1. Biennale Lindau, Wolznach: Kastner AG 2023

Material Culture of Vodun. Case Studies from Ghana, Togo, Germany and In-Between, in: Jallo, Zainabu (ed): Material Culture in Transit. Theory and Practice, London: Routlege 2023

Lehr- und Schausammlungen im Wandel. Archive | Displays | Objekte (ed. with Antoinette Maget Dominicé, Claudius Stein), Berlin: Reimer Verlag 2021

colophon. Magazin für Kunst und Wissenschaft. #1 Display (ed. with Magdalena Becker), Munich: Hammann von Mier Verlag 2021

PHOTOBOOK AFRICA. Tracing Stories and Imagery, exhibition catalogue (ed. with Kerstin Pinther), Munich 2020

“ReVodution“. The immaterial network(s) of material things