Photo albums and fancy dress: encounters with the African archive

Location
Strathcona Building - Lecture Theatre 1 (R18 on campus map)
Category
Arts and Law
Dates
Thursday 9th October 2014 (17:15)
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Contact

Enquiries to Jamie Edwards: jle756@bham.ac.uk

Photo Albums and Fancy Dress seminar

  • Art History, Film and Visual Studies research seminar

Speaker: Professor Tamar Garb, Durning Lawrence Professor in the History of Art, University College London

Venue: 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 regarded as ‘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.