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Goldsmiths
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Events

Buck Ellison, The Prince Children, Holland, Michigan, 2019. Courtesy the artist and the Sunday Painter

Buck Ellison, The Prince Children, Holland, Michigan, 2019. Courtesy the artist and the Sunday Painter

LECTURE AND BOOK LAUNCH: THE IMAGE OF WHITENESS
27 Mar
7pm–9pm

Daniel C. Blight presents some of the ideas and images from the new collaborative book project The Image of Whiteness: Contemporary Photography and Racialization (SPBH Editions/Art on the Underground, 2019). The lecture will be followed by a discussion with Mackenzie Berry and Sophie Niang, audience Q & A, and an informal book launch in the cafe.

The invention and continuance of the “white race” is not just a political, social, and legal phenomenon — it is also visual. From the advent of early colonial photography in the nineteenth century to contemporary social media and photographic art, photography has always played and continues to play an integral role in the maintenance of the political and social hegemony of “whiteness.” The technology of the camera is not innocent, nor are the images it produces or the people who make them. This lecture engages the oppressive nature of whiteness and highlights some of the crucial work contemporary photographic artists are doing to subvert and critique its image and continuing power.

 

BIOGRAPHIES

Mackenzie Berry is from Louisville, Kentucky, US. She is an English and Creative Writing graduate of the First Wave Hip Hop & Urban Arts Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, US. She is currently pursuing an MA in Race, Media, and Social Justice at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK.

Daniel C. Blight is from London. He is a writer and a lecturer on the Historical and Critical Studies in Photography course at the University of Brighton, UK.

Sophie Niang is a feminist scholar from Paris, FR. She is a sociology and social anthropology graduate from the University of Cambridge, and is currently pursuing an MA in Gender, Media and Culture at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK.

LECTURE AND BOOK LAUNCH: THE IMAGE OF WHITENESS
27 Mar
7pm–9pm

Daniel C. Blight presents some of the ideas and images from the new collaborative book project The Image of Whiteness: Contemporary Photography and Racialization (SPBH Editions/Art on the Underground, 2019). The lecture will be followed by a discussion with Mackenzie Berry and Sophie Niang, audience Q & A, and an informal book launch in the cafe.

The invention and continuance of the “white race” is not just a political, social, and legal phenomenon — it is also visual. From the advent of early colonial photography in the nineteenth century to contemporary social media and photographic art, photography has always played and continues to play an integral role in the maintenance of the political and social hegemony of “whiteness.” The technology of the camera is not innocent, nor are the images it produces or the people who make them. This lecture engages the oppressive nature of whiteness and highlights some of the crucial work contemporary photographic artists are doing to subvert and critique its image and continuing power.

 

BIOGRAPHIES

Mackenzie Berry is from Louisville, Kentucky, US. She is an English and Creative Writing graduate of the First Wave Hip Hop & Urban Arts Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, US. She is currently pursuing an MA in Race, Media, and Social Justice at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK.

Daniel C. Blight is from London. He is a writer and a lecturer on the Historical and Critical Studies in Photography course at the University of Brighton, UK.

Sophie Niang is a feminist scholar from Paris, FR. She is a sociology and social anthropology graduate from the University of Cambridge, and is currently pursuing an MA in Gender, Media and Culture at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK.

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