Photography and the Archive Research Centre at London College of Communication hosts first instalment of upcoming web-series, The Decolonising Lens
Written byChloe Murphy
Published date24 July 2020
Broadcast live on Thursday 30 July as part of our upcoming Graduate Showcase Public Programme of Events, join Mark Sealy, Gary Younge and Carol Tulloch as they discuss the Decolonial as a concept and methodology through photography, media and curatorial practice.
The Decolonising Lens is situated against a context of great social, cultural and economic change, and will invite speakers to consider key areas of debate for activists, theorists and creative practitioners.
Direct anti-, post- and decolonial struggles are already challenging the Eurocentric control of image and text around the world. However, while indigenous counter-narratives can interrogate the likes of cultural canons and dominant Western ideologies, the approach can also be co-opted by supporters of such established knowledge systems, who use ‘academic reanimation’ to absorb criticism and consume difference as a strategy to maintain visibility and prominence.
Professor Pratap Rughani, Associate Dean of Research and Professor of Documentary Practices at London College of Communication (LCC). Pratap is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work explores the relationship between film, philosophy and the evolution of post-colonial thought. He received a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy in 2013.
Brigitte Lardinois, Director of Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC). Brigitte is a curator, writer and lecturer who specialises in photography, photojournalism and curation.
“Diverse angles on structural changes”
Professor Pratap Rughani highlighted the importance of such an event, as well as the timely and vital insights provided by its speakers.
"As leading writers and cultural critics, Mark Sealy, Gary Younge and Carol Tulloch will present diverse angles on the structural changes needed for decolonisation to become more meaningful," he said.
Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC)
Based at London College of Communication, PARC aims to facilitate practice-based and scholarly research that develops understanding of lens-based works alongside widening participation with archive collections.
Its members, research fellows, associates, PhD students and alumni produce significant collaborations and outcomes - including events, exhibitions, publications, workshops, study days and conferences - that span the history and culture of photography, offering insight into the development of the medium and helping to preserve its heritage.
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