Tuesday 9th April 2019, 8:00pm
Session 211: “Unlearning Decisive Moments of Photography” by Ariella Azoulay
Image: Dominique François Arago presenting the discovery of daguerreotype, L’Académie des sciences, August 10, 1839.
For this session, Sabine Hagmann has selected the 2018 essay / series of statements “Unlearning Decisive Moments of Photography” by Ariella Azoulay.
THIS SESSION WILL BE HELD IN ENGLISH.
“In her series of statements, Ariella Azoulay will depart from the common theories and histories that present photography as a sui generis practice and locate its moment of emergence in the mid-nineteenth century in relation to technological development and male inventors. Instead, she proposes to locate the origins of photography in the “New World,” in the early phases of European colonial enterprise, and study photographs alongside early accounts of imperial expeditions. The posts have their origin in Ariella Azoulay’s forthcoming book Potential History: Unlearning Imperialism (New York: Verso, 2019).” -fotomuseum.ch
All Theory Tuesdays sessions are free and open to the public, however it’s suggested that you read the relevant PDF (to be posted soon) before attending.