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Photography: Experiments and Social Change

Research profile seminar

This research symposium, taking place on November 21, 2017 at Valand Academy, marks the beginning phase of an interdisciplinary project on photography and visual culture in the interwar period: Photography at the Threshold: Experiment and Social Change.

In 1929 the local newspaper Göteborgs Handels- och Sjöfartstidning arranged an International Photography Exhibition at Konsthallen in Gothenburg. Similar to many other photo exhibitions at this time it united fine art photography with commercial, scientific, and military imagery.

The various genres architecture, portraiture, forensics, formal experiments, astronomy, ethnography, x-ray, and aerial photography point to a cultural historical context formed by issues such as national identity and nationalism, archives and biopolitics, historiography, industrial expansion, international influences, and social change.

The exhibition serves as a starting point for the photo historical project "Photography at the Threshold: Experiment and Social Change", which will address reflections and parallels between the interwar period and the present. One of the project's aims is to embrace and explore the photographic medium's heterogeneity from the 1920s to the digital culture of today.

Lecturer: Among the speakers are art historians, photography researchers, artists, curators, historians and writers such as Sabine T. Kriebel, Maja Hagerman, Claes Gabrielson, Mats Jansson, Mhairi Sutherland, Katarina Leppänen, Anna Dahlgren, Eva Dahlman and Susanne Kriemann. Topics will include: montage, fascism, eugenics, gender rights, aerial and military photography, commercialism and the concept of modernism.

Date: 11/21/2017

Time: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Categories: Art

Organizer: Valand Academy in collaboration with the Hasselblad Foundation

Location: Valand Academy, the Aula

Additional information:
Program Fotografi symposium.pdf

Fee: Fri entré

Contact person: Stefan Jensen


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