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“Why Look at Animals?” – Lecture by Alison Nordström
December 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm$15 – $20
“Why Look at Animals?” is a broad survey of animals in photography, that considers a wide variety of uses and intentions in such categories as “They complete our families” “They have economic value” “They make us laugh” and “They inhabit our dreams”. In addition to such historical examples as the romantic pastoral images of P.H. Emerson, the sardonic and edgy metaphors of John Heartfield, and the scientific documents of Eadweard Muybridge, the lecture will discuss several contemporary examples, among them Barbara Norfleet’s “Manscape with Beasts” John Divola’s “Dogs Chasing my Car in the Desert” Toshie Takeuchi’s “Planet of Rabbits,” Rebecca Norris Webb’s “The Glass Between Us” and Harri Kallio’s “The Dodo and Mauritius Island” as well as R,J. Kern’s “The Unchosen Ones” currently on exhibit. The talk will raise questions about how we think about animals and how that is reflected in the ways we represent and consume them photographically
Alison Nordström is an independent scholar, writer and curator specializing in photographs of all kinds, formerly Founding Director and Senior Curator of the Southeast Museum of Photography, and Senior Curator of Photographs/Director of Exhibitions at George Eastman House. She was an editor of the academic journal Photography and Culture (London) from 2007 to 2010 and is the author of over 100 books and essays on photographic topics. She has curated over 150 photographic exhibitions in nine countries, including Lewis Hine, Truth/Beauty: Pictorialism and the Photograph as Art, 1845-1945, and Ideas in Things: Photography and Materiality. In 2015 and 2016 she was artistic Director of Fotofestiwal Lodz, in Poland. She was the curator of “Joan Fontcuberta: Crisis of History” for the Hamburg (Germany) Photographic Triennial in 2018, and is co-curator, with Marcel Feil, of “Negative Beauty” at FOAM Foto Museum, Amsterdam, scheduled for 2020. She is currently Head Tutor in Curatorial Practice for the EU funded Parallel Photographic Platform in Zagreb and Lisbon. She holds the PhD in Cultural and Visual Studies.
Image: Compte de Montizon, Spanish (1822-1887)
THE HIPPOPOTAMUS AT THE ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS, REGENT’S PARK, LONDON
1855, Albumen print