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.


Susan Trangmar (Director of Studies),

Emeritus Professor Anne Tallentire


Residency in Ballinkelligs, Ireland