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Events: Summer at the History and Theory of Photography Research Centre, Birkbeck

The History and Theory of Photography Research Centre at Birkbeck, London, is holding a series of free events, open to all, at 43 Gordon Sq, London WC1H 0PD. You might need to book to attend some of them, as they contribute to Birkbeck Arts Week 2014.

 

Tuesday 6 May 2014, 18:00-19:30

Peltz Gallery, Ground Floor

Exhibition and panel discussion: ‘Print Dialogues’.

Victoria Ahrens’s work explores the interstices between photography and printmaking in the depiction of the lost landscape. Working initially from rediscovered analogue snapshots of the Parana River in South America, she reworks the imagery through various screens (silkscreens, projections), questioning the fragmentary nature of memory and the possibility of the ruin in her contemporary print installations. On Tuesday Victoria will be talking about her work with Gabriel Koureas and Patrizia Di Bello. The Gallery will be open from 10:10.

 

Tuesday 20 May 2014, 18:00-19:30

Room G01

Panel discussion, ‘Working with Photographs: Archives’

From domestic attics to national institutions, photographs are part of many archival collections, where they play a variety of roles as precious specimens, assets to be exploited, or miscellaneous ‘stuff’ taking up too much room. In this informal discussion, Graham Head, who as Head of Information Services at the British Museum led their image and photography programmes, Heidi Hudson from the Kennel Club Picture Library, and Stefan Dickers, Head of the Library and Archives at Bishopsgate Institute, will talk about their experience of working with photographs. Reserve your place for 'Working with Photographs' here.

 

Thursday 22 May 2014, 18:00-19:30, followed by drinks.

Room G01

Sarah Thomas, ‘Curating “Empire” at Tate: Dissonance and British Art’.

Can works of art – including photographs – confront the troubling legacies of Britain's imperial past? In this talk Sarah Thomas discusses some of the challenges encountered during preparations for a major exhibition planned at Tate Britain for 2015. After the talk there will be an opportunity for prospective students to meet the Course Director for MA History of Art with Photography. Reserve your place for Curating 'Empire' here.

 

Wednesday 11 June 2014, 18:00-19:30

Keynes Library (Room 114)

Sarah Knelman, ‘A democracy of images? Exhibiting photography in a digital culture’.

 

Thursday 19 June 2014, 18:00-19:30

Keynes Library (Room 114)

Reading Group

This term we are discussing Steve Edwards, 'The Story of the Houyhnhnms: Art Theory and Photography, part 1', The Making of English Photography (University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2006), pp.119-164. 

 

3 July - 25 July 2014

Peltz Gallery, Ground Floor, daily 10:10-17:00

Exhibition, ‘Family Ties: Reframing Memory’

Six artists address the representation of family memory through lens-based works. Suze Adams navigates the borders of fact and fiction in an exploratory re-tracing of her maternal ancestors.  Nicky Bird draws on family albums belonging to others to illuminate personal, political memories connected to place. Jacqueline Butler’s poetic approach alludes to sensory memories prompted by public photographic collections and her personal archive. Rosy Martin re-enacts a lost past as she embodies both of her parents in their family home and evokes a sense of haunting using projections. Lizzie Thynne’s experimental documentary reflects on her mother’s life as well as the inter-subjectivity of all biography and choreographs memories of family and relationships from the Women’s Liberation Movement.  Sally Waterman recalls traumatic memories of family conflict through literary adaptation and staged re-photography. This exhibition responds to themes of the conference Picturing the Family: Media, Narrative, Memory.

 

Friday 11 July 2014, 10:00-17:00

‘Colours of Memory’: an International Conference on the Writing of Geoff Dyer

For further information email: geoffdyerconference2014@gmail.com of follow @gdyerconference on Twitter.

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