Conference To Focus On How Women Are Represented In Photography

Conference To Focus On How Women Are Represented In Photography

Thursday 27th Jun 2019

Anastasia Taylor-Lind, Donbass, Eastern Ukraine. 2018.

A TWO-DAY conference is being held later this month focusing on the ways in which women have been represented by photography.

Following on from a season of photography exhibitions at the National Museum of Wales, Women in Focus: Documentary and Citizenship will be held on January 24 and 25. It is being organised in partnership with the European Centre for Documentary Research.

The conference will address the politics of photography in terms of its relationship to citizenship and how women have shaped, and continue to shape, the history of photography.

On day one the National Museum, in association with Magnum, presents a day of talks and panel discussions curated by Fiona Rogers, Founder of Firecracker, where leading women photographers will discuss their role and influence within documentary photography, and explore how their practice can be understood within the context of today’s cultural politics.

Speakers include Poulomi Basu, Marcia Michael, Tim Clark, Emma Lewis, Lua Ribeira and Clementine Scheiderman, Bruno Ceschel, and Joanne Coates.

An evening event on January 24 will see Ffotogallery, in its city centre gallery, present Magnum nominee Lua Ribeira’s Noises in the Blood, an insightful commentary on British Jamaican Dancehall culture. At its Penarth venue, Turner House, award-winning Iranian artist Amak Mahmoodian will be showing a new collection of archival work. Refreshments and coach travel will be provided between venues.

On day two of the event, the European Centre for Documentary Research at the University of South Wales presents a series of talks that explore the way in which contemporary photographic practice has become a civil and political matter, where those who are pictured are now beginning to matter more than ever before.

Inspired by the work of Ariella Azoulay, who suggests that every photograph is the result of a dynamic encounter between the photographer and the photographed, the conference will provide an opportunity for a broad discussion of this emerging theme in photographic theory and practice.

Speakers include Nina Berman, Anastasia Taylor-Lind, Professor Florence Ayisi, Valeria Cherchi, Jenny Rova, Yumna Al-Arashi, and Giya Makondo-Wills

Tickets are £30 full price and £20 on production of a Student Union Card. This covers two full conference days, evening talk and reception at Ffotogallery on the evening of January 24 and tea and coffee during the conference.

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