Fotograaf: Bram Belloni

mw. N. (Nataliya) Komarova MA

  • Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen
    Programmagroep: Cultural Sociology
  • Bezoekadres
    REC BC
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166  Amsterdam
  • Postadres:
    Nieuwe Achtergracht  166
    1018 WV  Amsterdam


Nataliya started her PhD at AISSR in August, 2011 taking part in the comparative research project "The globalization of high culture: how markets for contemporary art develop in Brazil, Russia, India and China" under the supervision of dr. Olav Velthuis. Nataliya focuses on the contemporary art markets in Russia and India. She is interested in the cultural dimension of markets’ functioning and the influence of local contexts on the composition of the markets in both countries.

Nataliya studied sociology in Russia and completed her first MA in sociology at the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences, awarding institution University of Manchester (UK, 2010). Her second MA in sociology was obtained in the National Research University - Higher School of Economics (Russia, 2011). She studied photography as a contemporary cultural form of visual perception and its influence on the production of social space, focusing on restoration of historical monuments. 

Research project

The Globalization of High Culture: How Markets for Contemporary Art Develop in Russia and India  

The project studies globalization of contemporary art markets from the perspective of economic and cultural sociology. Since the late 1990s, art markets have emerged rapidly outside of Europe and the United States. Whereas the globalization of popular culture has been studied extensively, the globalization of high culture has mostly been ignored. This project focuses on the development of art markets in Russia and India. The main research question is: How and why are formal and informal institutions adopted in Russia and Indiafrom Western art markets, which Western institutions are transformed, and which new institutions are created to select, market and value contemporary art? To answer this question, interview, ethnographic and survey data with key actors in the art capitals of Moscow, New Delhi and Mumbai are collected.


  • Komarova, N. (2015). The meanings of discounts in contemporary art markets: the case of India. Cultural Sociology, 9(4), 567-582. DOI: 10.1177/1749975515584081 [details]


  • Kharchenkova, S., Komarova, N., & Velthuis, O. (2015). Official art organizations in the emerging art markets of China and Russia. In O. Velthuis, & S. Baia Curioni (Eds.), Cosmopolitan canvases: the globalization of markets for contemporary art. (pp. 78-101). Oxford: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198717744.003.0004 [details]
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