Evita Goze

Week 4 and 5

Posted in exhibitions, photography, photography studies by evitagoze on October 31, 2010

Well, this is gonna be a quite long post. Since I have found a job (the worst one in my life, I think) I hardly can find some time to sleep so it’s not going so well with updating my blog either.

I’m still spending two or three days of my week in b&w lab developing films and printing pictures for Identity project (soon I hope to spend some days in a scanning room as well so I could share them with you). We have to give it in in two weeks and last Friday was our last group critic.

Last week we also went to Bexhill (a town not too far away from Brighton) to see an exhibition Myth, Manners and Photography: Photograpers of the American South at the De La Warr Pavilion including works of Walker Evans, Susan Lipper, Alec Soth, William Eggleston, William Christenberry and Carrie Mae Weems.

William Eggleston

Alec Soth

Susan Lipper

For week 4 in Historical and Critical studies we had to read Photography, Epistomology and the Body by Suren Lalvani (further reading includes too many texts to mention, but mainly we were talking about Foucault) and consider a contemporary representation of an individual or group that is considered to represent a social threat.

Some of the images we looked at and people we talked about:

Composite portraiture and Francis Galton

Bertillon Card for Thomas Conway, arrested for larceny, May 11, 1911

Bertillon card for May Walker, arrested for general theft, September 1910

Monster (Charlize Theron as serial killer Aileen Wuornos)

Karla Faye Tucker, convicted of murder in Texas in 1984 and put to death in 1998. Because of her gender and widely-publicized conversion to Christianity, she inspired an unusually large national and international movement advocating the commutation of her sentence to life imprisonment.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Beata Beatrix, 1864

Taryn Simon, The Innocents, 2000-

Text for week 5 was What’s in a Face? Blankness and Significance in Contemporary Art Photography by Julian Stallabrass and we talked about honorific and subjugated portraiture.

Some pictures:

Thomas Ruff

Ari Versluis & Ellie Uyttenbroek, Exactitudes

Raphael HeftiEstheticiennes

Gavin TurkPortrait of Something that I’ll Never Really See

Nikki S. Lee, Layers

Bettina von Zwehl

Shizuka Yokomizo


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