Rachel Garfield is an artist and writer. She studied for her MA at Central Saint Martins before completing her PhD at the Royal College of Art in London in 2003. Through her film and video portraits, Garfield explores the formation of subjectivity in relation to race, class and gender, as well as interrogating notions of authenticity and hierarchies of victim-hood. Although initially from a Fine Art background, Garfield sees her work as having an ongoing relationship with the traditions and concerns of avant-garde documentary film. Garfield is Director of Postgraduate Studies at the University of Reading and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Newcastle in the Departments of Geography and Fine Art. In 2005 she curated the exhibition Radical and Modest: Work, Leisure and the Everyday at Ben Uri in St. John’s Wood, juxtaposing work by Richard Billingham, Sonia Boyce, Jeremy Deller, Stephen Dwoskin and Chad McCail with works from Ben Uri’s Collection by artists including David Azuz, David Bomberg, Josef Herman, Clara Klinghoffer and Jacob Kramer on the theme of working life and popular pastimes. Rachel Garfield lives in London, England.