TrAIN Open Lecture: Citizens of Photography in Nigeria and Nicaragua
by Dr Naluwembe Binaisa and Dr Ileana L. Selejan
The lecture will explore how people engage with politics through the medium of photography and photographic images, with a specific focus on recent work conducted in Nigeria and Nicaragua by Dr Binaisa and Dr Selejan, as part of the broader research project Citizens of Photography: The Camera and the Political Imagination.
Dr Binaisa will explore how, in Nigeria, photography intersects with gender and identity in a contested civic space. Her talk will trace multiple solidarities in differing spheres of struggle through the examination of: 1960s vernacular photography in the ancient city state of Ila Orangun; the political women’s movement led by Dr Mrs Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti and the photography of Adeola Olagunju who works transnationally between Nigeria and Germany.
Dr. Selejan will analyse key imagery that accompanied the rise of the April 2018 protest movement in Nicaragua, reflecting on the use of the phone camera as a tool for demanding justice as well as for witnessing and documenting “live” history. The talk will consider the proliferation of images via photographic technologies in the context of immediate conflict, seeking insight into what makes images particularly powerful and effective in an activist sense, spurring audiences into action.
The Citizens of Photography: The Camera and the Political Imagination project is based in the anthropology department at UCL.
About the speakers:
Naluwembe Binaisa is an inter-disciplinary scholar whose research seeks to understand the multi-stranded intersections within mobilities of belonging, identity, gender and generations. Naluwembe is currently based at University College London working on the project: ‘Citizens of Photography, the Camera and the Political Imagination’. Prior to joining UCL she was research fellow at the Max Planck Institute and University of Oxford.
Ileana L. Selejan is a Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology at UCL, where she is a part of the European Research Council (ERC) funded project, Citizens of Photography: The Camera and the Political Imagination, and an Associate Lecturer at Central Saint Martins, UAL. She received her PhD in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She taught in the Photography and Imaging Department at Tisch School of the Arts, at NYU, at the Parsons School of Design, and in the Fine Arts Department at West University, Timisoara, Romania.
Image: Ayodele Alao, Photoskills Studio, Abeokuta, Nigeria.