CONFERENCE: Women in Focus: Documentary and Citizenship

24-01-2019 to 25-01-2019

Location: National Museum Wales, Ffotogallery Exhibition Launch, ATRiuM - University of South Wales

Audience: Public

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National Museum Wales and the European Centre for Documentary Research Conference present

CONFERENCE: Women in Focus: Documentary and Citizenship

In response to a season of photography exhibitions at the National Museum of Wales – Women in Focus, this two day conference will address the politics of photography in terms of its relationship to citizenship. Its focus will be on the ways in which women have been represented by photography and how they have shaped, and continue to shape, the history of photography.

Thursday January 24th 2019
Day one – National Museum Wales

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 confirmed:
Poulomi Basu – Blood Speaks
Marcia Michael – Reclaiming the black body
Tim Clark – Who’s Looking at the Family Now
Emma Lewis – Representation of women and gender politics in collections
Lua Ribeira & Clementine Scheiderman – Collaborative practices
Bruno Ceschel – Queer photography
Joanne Coates – The representations and influences of class in photography

Evening event – Ffotogallery Exhibition Launch

In their city centre gallery, Ffotogallery present Magnum nominee Lua Ribeira’s Noises in the Blood, an insightful commentary on British Jamaican Dancehall culture. In their 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.

Friday January 25th 2019
Day two – European Centre for Documentary Research: University of South Wales

The European Centre for Documentary Research 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 confirmed:
Nina Berman
Anastasia Taylor-Lind
Professor Florence Ayisi 
Valeria Cherchi
Jenny Rova
Yumna Al-Arashi
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 24 January and tea and coffee during the conference.

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This is an English-language talk but we are happy to provide Welsh-language facilitation. In order for us to arrange a facilitator, please e-mail [email protected] as soon as possible, and at least a week before the event.