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Symposium: Telling our tales through ambiguous photography: Decolonizing the visual library of the African continent / Cambridge: 31 January 2020

Cambridge School of Art has announced a symposium Telling our tales through ambiguous photography: Decolonizing the visual library of the African continent as part of the Stories of Kalingalinga exhibition programme at the Ruskin Gallery. The symposium is designed to trigger conversations between academics, practitioners and students and external contributors about photography in, about and of Africa. It is a day of exchanging ideas and planting seeds for future collaborative research and practice.

Decolonizing institutions like libraries is often discussed in the context of the written word while visual materials, just as much produced from a particular perspective as texts, also contribute to an expansion of our understanding of the African continent when reframed or re-entangled. The symposium aims to showcase practitioners, practice researchers and theorists who are working towards renewed and diverse visual understandings of the continent. The speakers will highlight the importance of collective making and collaboration with partners from the north and south. Contributions from a wide range of approaches aim to facilitate discussion and innovation throughout the day.

The programme will run as a one-day event and will welcome international speakers (some via video conference) from or links with Germany, Ghana, Kenya, Mexico, The Netherlands, USA, UK and Zambia. The sessions will include presentations and video contributions by invited speakers, followed by discussion and a gallery visit to the Stories of Kalingalinga exhibition. During lunch there will also be an opportunity to view Kerstin Hacker’s growing collection of photobooks from and about the African continent.

For further information please contact the event organiser Kerstin Hacker at Kerstin.hacker@anglia.ac.uk

The Symposium is kindly supported by the Centre for African Studies at Cambridge University and Cambridge Africa.

Here is the eventbrite link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/telling-our-tales-through-ambiguous-ph...

 

Telling our tales through ambiguous photography: Decolonizing the visual library of the African continent
31 January 2020
1000 to 1700, afterwards you are welcome to join the wine reception

Cambridge: Anglia Ruskin University
The Symposium is part of the framework programme for the Stories of Kalingalinga exhibition. See: https://aru.ac.uk/news/exhibition-aims-to-change-perceptions-of-africa

Image: © Zenzele Chulu

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