This roundtable will discuss the use of photography, individual and collaborative, in the current pandemic, thinking about the way it highlights new socialities and existing global systems. Some photography will be exhibited as part of this.
Photography has long held the potential for both documenting and commenting on crises, as well as providing ways for people to critically reflect on their own experiences within it. The current COVID-19 pandemic has seen this potential extended, providing opportunities for innovative ways of working across and within borders, providing social and political critique, exposing conflicting systems of governance and inequalities, but also engaging with, and creating, networks of care, support, and community. Photographic projects have sprung up around the world, as people grapple with their new lives and the changed realities within them. The democratic nature of both photography and the internet have brought new connections through photography, and offer a means of creating an archive for the future, as well as highlighting the new socialities and global realities of life in a pandemic.
This panel invites people to a round-table discussion, reflecting on their own, or others, use of photography within the current crisis; considering the ways it exposes critical aspects of society, governance, religion, kinship, the new socialities it is creating, and the global systems it highlights.