Xiaoling Dai


I was born in China and am now a postgraduate researcher at the University of Leeds. I study how allegory evolves in contemporary photographic practices—my interest in interactions between allegory and photography.

Research interests

  • ​​​​​visual arts 
  • aesthetics
  • cross-cultural studies
  • photographic theory and practices 
  • the intersection of cultural and visual analysis 
  • the role of allegory in the contemporary period 


  • MA Photography
  • BA Photographic Studies