Diversifying the visual library: photographic presentations and representations of the African continent
Andrea Stultiens (Hanze University of Applied Sciences)
Kerstin Hacker (Anglia Ruskin University)
Arts and Culture
Chrystal McMillan, Seminar Room 2
Thursday 13 June, 10:45-12:15

Short abstract:

This panel presents critical reflections on current methods and practices of photographic image production on the African continent and the way existing photographs are reproduced, contextualised and curated. It particularly invited presentations that give a central place to the visual material.

Long abstract:

The relationship between the production of photographs and the African continent has been shaped right from the birth of the medium. Photographs were used to document and publicise 19th century colonial explorations and 20th century famines and wars mostly for audiences outside the continent who learned about the 'other' through images. All too often these stereotypical images are connected uncritically to illustrate research projects related to the African continent. Recent technological developments give African and non African photographers working on the continent new opportunities to engage with global audiences. This makes it necessary for all those reaching out beyond local applications of photographs t disrupt existing methods/methodologies of photographic production. It fosters connections between theory and practice, south and north, past and present as well as historical and contemporary pictures. This panel invited photographic practitioners and theorists to discuss reflections on critical methods and practices of image production and the way existing photographs are reproduced, contextualised and curated. The panel hopes to contribute to discussions on - the notion of representation, in and through photographs - explorations of the relevance of the materiality of photographs, - new narrative forms that are made possible by the continuous development of media which carry and present photographs, - ways to foster visual self-governance of states and societal groups