“… And I will Live Forever”: The Intimate Politics of Family Photographs

Copyright © 1971 Gil Pasternak









at the Photographers’ Gallery in London
18th September 2012 (time TBC)

My forthcoming talk will investigate the practice of family photography and its interrelationship with the social domain, with state politics, and issues of cultural difference, class, nationalism and racism. Addressing some visual examples taken from popular culture as well as from less conventional sources, my talk will engage with the fragmentary histories of family photographs, and will challenge some of the most prominent historical and sociological debates about family photographs. I will question what political agency family photographs may contain within and beyond the narratives of family life and the domestic sphere.

This will coincide with Fiona Tan’s exhibition at the Gallery, whose artistic practice makes use of family photographs to explore private modes of representation and their meanings in broader social and cultural contexts.

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