We are pleased to announce that the Department of Art History, Film and Visual Studies will be welcoming Professor Tamar Garb to kick-off this year’s Research Seminar Series on Thursday 9 October. Currently Durning Lawrence Professor in the History of Art at University College London, and recently elected a Fellow of the British Academy, we are thrilled to be hosting Tamar, who will be delivering a lecture about her recent research on African studio portraits:
Photo Albums and Fancy Dress: Encounters with the African Archive
Prof. Tamar Garb
Durning Lawrence Professor in the History of Art, University College London
Fellow of the British Academy
Thursday October 9th 2014, 5:15pm, Strathcona Lecture Theatre 1
This lecture will look at the artifice and stageyness of African studio portraits via the project ‘Black Photo Album’ by Santu Mofokeng, the performed veracity of Samuel Fosso’s disguised self representations, and the ubiquity of a specific image of the young Nelson Mandela, widely regardedas ‘traditional’ and authentic. Throughout photographic portraiture is considered as a medium that mobilises the artifice of the studio, fancy dress and costume in the production of photogenic and fitting subjects.
Please also note that the full schedule for the Department’s Research Seminar series will be made available soon.
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