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Eva Bezverkhny

PhD student

Thesis: ‘Compilation and Communication: The Contribution of Esfir Shub to Early Soviet Cinema’

Esfir Shub’s accomplishments as a documentary filmmaker in the Soviet 1920s have been largely overlooked. This dissertation situates her within the context of Soviet cinema industry practices and among her contemporary avant-garde filmmaker friends; analyses her work in relation to her education under two well known filmmakers of the period and establishes her innovations, advancements, and furthering of existing theory; puts forward her writings and significant correspondence in regard to both her practices and to her contemporaries; and considers the problematic historiography surrounding her in terms of gender and female workers in the Soviet context, while presenting her as a singular and unique female documentary filmmaker of the early Soviet period.


  • MA in Art History, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
  • BA in Art History and French Language and Literature, Boston University


  • Courtauld Institute, September – December 2013
    Teaching Assistant
    Taught weekly discussion courses for two groups of undergraduate students enrolled in “Frameworks for Interpretation” course led by three senior Courtauld lecturers. Developed weekly presentations to lead discussion on methodological topics spanning across art historical research and scholarship. Marked assessed work and provided students with progress reports. Met with students one-on-one to discuss specific questions and issues pertaining to the course.
  • Courtauld Institute, Summer 2013
    Guest Lecturer
    Gave overview lecture of Soviet Avant-Garde Film, 1917-1929 for Courtauld Summer School class, Russian Art: 1863-1932: Innovations, Influences and the Roots of Modernity.
  • The Boston Language Institute Boston, March – September 201
    Program Coordinator, Foreign Language Department
    Managed instructors of all Asian and Eastern European languages. Coordinated classes for multiple sessions of study and developed syllabi based on evolving requirements of language programs. Placed students with professors based on academic objectives. Managed online outreach through social media and helped press and promotional materials.

Research interests

Modern and contemporary painting, sculpture, prints, and performance art, French 19th and early 20th century painting, pre-World War II Soviet avant-garde painting and sculpture, literature and artistic practice, art and emerging technologies, history of film, photography, photomontage, and media studies, art historical methodologies, feminist art history, graphic design and advertisement, medieval and modern architecture, conservation and art history interdisciplinary practices.

Conference papers and lectures

  • Celebrating the Tenth Anniversary Year of Immediations Conference, 17 January 2014. Organized conference to celebrate the ten-year milestone of the peer-reviewed journal, immediations. Speakers included past contributors, editors-in-chief, and board members, discussing the ways in which their publications as early career scholars informed the trajectory of their careers since publishing in or working on immediations.
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Symposium: Documenting Fashion: Re-Thinking the Experience and Representation of Dress, London, 6 May 2014 “Recovering an Authentic Experience of Dress through Film” Panel
  • Kino/Film: An Evening Celebrating Dziga Vertov Grad Gallery, London, 12 March 2014. Gave talk to public introducing the career and legacy of Vertov, contextualizing specific objects in a small archive of Vertov’s objects displayed in Grad Gallery, London
  • Modern and Contemporary Research Seminar London, 24 February 2014. “The Cameraman and the Comintern: The Journeys of Early Soviet Film to Paris, 1917-1939” Research Seminar for the public
  • Cultural Exchange: Russia and the West II, University of Cambridge, 10 December 2013. “Filming at Home and Abroad: The Ever-Changing Identity of Domestic and International Cinema in Russia Following the October Revolution”
  • Annual Meeting of the International Advisory Board, Research Forum London, 9 December 2013. Presented research on Francesco Solimena with partner Olympia Diamond to serve as an example of the work presented in the Courtauld’s Research Forum
  • Conservation and Art Historical Analysis London, 13 March 2013. “Francesco Solimena”, co-authored/presented with Olympia Diamond
  • Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre Film Night, London September 2012 – present. Gave introductions to, led discussions of, and developed workshops for public film screenings each term; monthly (2012-2013), once-per-term (2013-2014)
  • Institute of Fine Arts Film Screening New York, 21 April 2011. Organized public film night of Soviet documentaries; gave introduction and led discussion at Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

Recent publications

  • Disegno Daily, 16 October 2014. Review of “I Don’t Know.” Richard Tuttle Exhibition at the Turbine Hall, Tate Modern
  • Hyperallergic, 24 July 2014. “Malevich in his Milieu.” Review of Malevich Exhibition at Tate Modern.
  • Disegno Daily, 8 April 2014. Review of “The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014” Exhibition at the V&A Museum.
  • Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, 2014
    • “Aragon, Louis”
    • “Braque, Georges”
    • “Chagall, Marc”
    • “Signac, Paul”
  • Disegno Daily, 7 October 2013. Review of “Utopia Ltd.” Exhibition at Grad Gallery.

Other academic activity

  • Showcasing Research: 2015 Postgraduate Research Symposium, Courtauld Institute, 5-6 March
  • Organizing (and speaking at) a conference in which third year Doctoral Candidates will present original research to the broader research community of the Courtauld and to the public.
  • Editorial Board, Immediations, Peer Reviewed Art History Journal (Marketing Manager)
  • Postgraduate Advisory Group (Board Member)
  • Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre (Board member)
  • Courtauld Institute, Research Forum/Department of Conservation, October 2012 – May 2013
  • Research Associate: Prepared research for conservation project on Francesco Solimena’s “Assumption of the Virgin” with accepted student from the Conservation and Technology Department. Gave two formal presentations in workshops open to the public in the Courtauld Institute’s Research Forum.

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