About Drain

Drain is a refereed online journal published biannually. The journal seeks to promote lively and well-informed debate around theory and praxis. Each issue of Drain will have a specific concept that it explores. We are especially keen to publish pieces that connect the conceptual framework of each issue to themes such as globalization, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, capitalism and new technologies, as well as ethical and aesthetic concerns. As such, we welcome creative responses to contemporary culture, as well as written work by practitioners in the field of culture. Our primary mission is to provide an environment where a variety of creative activities can be explored with a combination of sensitivity and rigor.


Michelle Barczak is an emerging artist whose current body of work is concerned with the anti-monument(al). Recent research interests include: the politics of failure, gender and the identity crisis, and the role of the artist within curatorial practices. She received a B.F.A. in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2005 and is pursuing an M.F.A. in Sculpture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. (www.works-mb.net).

Avantika Bawa is a visual artist and curator, based in Atlanta, Georgia where she teaches at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She has an M.F.A. in Painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a B.F.A. in the same from the MS University of Baroda, India. Her site-specific works explore the nuances of architecture and the oddities of space through the language of minimalism.

Celina Jeffery is an art historian, with a broad interest in sculpture, new media, and cross-cultural interactions, with a Ph.D. in art history and theory from the University of Essex. She has a renewed interest in curatorial practice and art making through collaborative processes. She teaches in the art history department at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Gregory Minissale Using art historical methodology new to the field of Indian and Islamic art, Gregory Minissale studied Persian and Mughal Indian painting as part of his doctoral thesis at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in 2000. He has published a number of articles related to this doctoral research and is currently completing a book which adopts various critical theories in order to provide fresh perspectives on the visual language of Mughal culture.

Adrian Parr is Professor of Contemporary Art and Theory in the Department of Art History at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She is the author of Exploring the Work of Leonardo da Vinci in the Context of Contemporary Art and Philosophy (New York: Edwin Mellen, 2003) and The Deleuze Dictionary with Edinburgh University Press, 2005. Forthcoming is her book, Deleuze and The Contemporary World. She has written various catalogue essays and articles for Artichoke and Eyeline.

Erin Dziedzic is an M.A. Art History graduate student at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She has a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in Art History. She has an interest in visual culture studies and hopes to go onto a Ph.D. program to explore further the work of Ana Mendieta in a broader sociopolitical contex.

Brantley Johnson is an art historian interested in modern and contemporary art, specifically conceptual art, performance art, and gender studies. She received a B.A. in Mass Communication from Tulane University, and a M.A. in Art History from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She is currently teaching and working towards her Ph.D. in Art History at the University of Florida.

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