Andrea Muendelein

Shifting territories and the place of encounter: representation of the stranger in contemporary photography.

Central Saint Martins

My research project examines the potential of photographic processes to intervene into sites of encounter, with a focus on the event of photographic exposure and an analysis of the representation of the stranger in contemporary fine art photography.

Current socio-economic conditions transform urbanity through migration and constant fluctuation of populations. Looking at the temporary accommodations offered by ‘the hotel’ in the metropolitan cities of London or Paris, I will examine how contemporary photography enacts, represents and explores events of encounter with the stranger.

Drawing on my readings of Kristeva and Balibar, I will research concepts that address encounters with the stranger that rely on an experience, a perception of the other and an investigation of self.

My research is funded by the AHRC.

Supervisors

Susan Trangmar (Director of Studies),

Emeritus Professor Anne Tallentire

Forthcoming

Residency in Ballinkelligs, Ireland