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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Events in Modern Languages & Cultures

DCAPS workshop - 'Witnessing Dehumanisation: Acts of State and the Civil Contract of Photography'

11th February 2009, 14:15 to 17:15, Elvet Riverside 206

In association with the IAS, as part of its 'Being Human' theme, DCAPS is pleased to announce a workshop led by Prof. Ariella Azoulay, whose most recent book is The Civil Contract of Photography (MIT, 2008). The workshop will focus on the curatorial and critical work of Ariella Azoulay, who will provide a theoretical introduction to, and present images from, the photographic exhibition ‘Acts of State: 1967-2007’, held at the Minshar Art Gallery in Tel Aviv in June 2007. This exhibition raises questions about the relationship between photography, spectatorship, and the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, providing new understandings of how photography can contribute to the development of a broader opposition to the occupation within Israeli society. The general aim of the workshop is to take the visual materials and introduction as a prompt for commentary and discussion in relation to what Professor Azoulay has recently termed the ‘civil contract’ of photography, which she argues, must be thought of and understood in its inseparability from the many catastrophes of recent history.

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