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Sarah Tuck


Sarah Tuck
Lecturer , Avd-/sektionschef, inst

Postal Address: Box 132, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Vasagatan 50 , 41137 Göteborg

Valand Academy (More Information)
Box 132
405 30 Göteborg
Fax: +46(0)31786 51 19
Visiting Address: Vasagatan 50 , 411 37 Göteborg

About Sarah Tuck

Dr Sarah Tuck is a post-doctoral researcher in Photography and Human Rights, a collaborative initiative of Valand Academy, Gothenburg University and the Hasselblad Foundation in Sweden. Her work has traversed a wide range of situated practice, including community development, post conflict processes and institutional networks where questions of agency, knowledge production and representation have always been central. Her work in this area has included curation of the eighth edition of Ulster University Festival of Art and Design in 2016, leading the national development agency for collaborative arts in Ireland, Create, to the publishing and dissemination of ideas on the ‘public sphere’ and agonism. She is the author of After the Agreement – Contemporary Photography in Northern Ireland (2015) a curated research project which explores the affective meanings of images and the socio-political context of post Agreement.


The research project Drone Vision (2016-2018), a collaborative initiative between Valand Academy and Hasselblad Foundation explores the affects and implications of drone technologies on warfare, surveillance and protest. Of particular interest is how drone technologies impact on conceptualisations of human rights and the ways in which the affective meanings of drone vision are marked by emotional, ethical, political and social mediations, not least the lived experience and effects of conflict, and the proximity and physical distance to drone warfare. As such it is an attempt to bring critical debates on drone technologies more fully into line with the proliferating verticalities of urban development and surveillance, and the corollary of US led drone warfare that targets the ‘Muslim’ body and is co-extensive with the increased Islamophobia in the cultures of everyday life in the West.
In order to avoid any totalising logic of sovereign politics or the affective meaning of seeing without being seen, a series of roundtables with international photo based artists, critical theorists, and activists will be hosted in Gothenburg in 2017 to consider drone vision in the dual dimension of colonial use and decolonial potential. The material from the three roundtables will be published on the partner websites in Sweden, Cyprus and Pakistan as part of a shared research process that will culminate in a triptytch of exhibitions in 2018 at the Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg, Sweden, Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, Nicosia, Cyprus and the Zahoor Ul Akhlaq Gallery in Lahore, Pakistan.
While the curatorial research led by Hasselblad Center, Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre and the Zahoor Ul Akhlaq Gallery is shaped by the same questioning of the colonial use and the decolonial potential of drone technology, the resultant exhibitions in each gallery will be informed by the artists commissioned and the complex realpolitik and histories of place. In this way the curated research will look to explore if and how drone vision can be mobilised as part of a pedagogical political culture of being in common that has effects on political and artistic praxis and counters the vertical cartographies of imperial expansion and drone warfare.

Latest publications

Watching Murder Online
Sarah Tuck
Public, Private, Secret: On Photography and the Configuration of Self, New York, Aperture and International Center of Photography, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Public and Private Selves - panel discussion at Tate Modern, July 2018
Sarah Tuck
Panel Discussion, Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Drone Vision and Protest
Sarah Tuck
Photographies, Journal article 2018
Journal article

Watching Murder Online Presented at Photography in Print and Circulation Symposium Valand Academy/Hasselblad Foundation 17 November, 2016
Sarah Tuck
Chapter - Watching Murder Online - in Public, Private, Secret: On Photography and the Configuration of Self by Charlotte Cotton (Author),‎ Marina Chao (Editor). Copublished by Aperture and the International Center of Photography, Aperture , Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Drone Vision- Warfare, Surveillance and Protest – paper presented with Louise Wolthers, (W)Archives Conference, University of Copenhagen, Denmark – August 21-22, 2017.
Sarah Tuck, Louise Wolthers
see: http://artsandculturalstudies.ku.dk/research/focus/uncertainarchives/activities/warchives/, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

Drone Vision – paper presented at Bending the Frame symposium, Preus Museum, Oslo, Norway, Oct 17, 2017
Sarah Tuck
see website: http://www.preusmuseum.no/eng/layout/set/print/Explore-the-Museum/Events/Calendar/Seminar-Bending-the-Frame, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

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Drone Vision – paper presented at Critical Issues In Photography Today – photographies Conference, Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design, University of Westminster, London, May 18-19, 2017
Sarah Tuck
see website - https://www.westminster.ac.uk/photographies-conference-critical-issues-in-photography-today, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

Drone Vision – paper presented at Changing Views - Documentary Perspectives on Human Rights, 19-20 September, Västerbottens Museum, Umeå, Sweden
Sarah Tuck
see website:, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

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