Daria Melnikova

Mary Griggs Burke Teaching Fellow and Lecturer

Japanese art; performance art
PhD., University of Pennsylvania, 2018

Contact Information

Phone: (203) 853-1632
Office: 801A Schermerhorn Hall
Office Hours: Tuesdays, 12-2


Daria Melnikova received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2018. Her research focuses on the specific medium of “performance art” within the transnational context of Japan, the U.S., and Russia from the early 20th century to the present. She is particularly interested in the status of the body at moments of crisis, such as the ideological repressions of gender and sexuality during the empire and nation building; the postwar visibility of the body in the atomic and news media age; and the intersection of the individual and the community in public spaces of common memory. Since the works of performance art are accessible for the most part only through photographic images, material objects, and texts, she is also interested in the issue of performance documentation, particularly the necessity to review the status of a “document” for researching, archiving and exhibiting purposes.