Course: Performing the Image, Undoing the Photograph
Mondays 22 Jan - 26 Feb, 18.30 - 20.00
This six-week course explores how identity is constructed, resisted and performed through photography and the kinds of looking it facilitates.
Both the 4 Saints in 3 Acts and forthcoming Photographers’ Gallery exhibitions deal in different ways with performance, photography and the archive. Contemporary theoretical approaches to race, queerness and performativity will be introduced as tools to reassess the competing claims for photography’s role in empowering or constructing marginalised bodies. Through different learning formats including talks and discussion, close looking, group exercises, film screenings and an invited guest we unpick who is looking, how, and who they are looking at, with the ultimate aim of examining and sharing our own responses to these fascinating photographs.
Marianne Mulvey is a curator, writer and educator. From 2009-16 she was Curator, Public Programmes at Tate Britain / Modern where she curated programmes around performativity, queer sincerity and performance architecture, amongst other things. Marianne has also worked at The Arts Council Collection, Hayward Gallery and Gasworks, and has been a Trustee of Fierce Festival in Birmingham since 2014. She teaches on curating at higher education institutions nationally and internationally and is the recipient of a Collaborative Doctoral Partnership award between Tate and Royal College of Art in partnership with Open School East and Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art to research the queer potential of the public programme within the art institution.
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