The symposium will explore photography’s relationship to changing notions of cultural histories, identities and representations. The day will include talks, presentations and discussions by the artists, keynote speaker, curators, and scholars. Presentations will not be uniformly forced into lecture form, but presenters may use different forms to communicate their concepts and reflect on theory through images, performances, etc.
SPEAKERS AND PRESENTERS
The day will include lectures and presentations from each of the artists exhibited in UNFIXED - Charif Benhelima (BE), Otobong Nkanga (FR/NG), Keith Piper (UK), Naro Snackey (NL), Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie (US) and Hank Willis Thomas (US). These artists actively incorporate research, theory and concept into their practices and many also work as educators and cultural critics. Their presentations will consider strategies, motives and histories of photography in relation to their work. Pamela Pattynama, Professor of Colonial and Postcolonial Literature and Cultural History, University of Amsterdam, will present her research on the visual history of the Indo-Dutch community in the Netherlands.
Art historian and critic Kobena Mercer will present the keynote lecture. Mercer will discuss photography and the colonial conditions of cross cultural modernity, offering a critical account of the often vexed relation between photographic theory and postcolonial studies.
Time: 10:00 - 19:00 includes breaks and a one hour lunch (provided)
Registration: Download the Symposium Registration Form here