Thursday 12 February, 6-8pm
Lecture Theatre Arts A002, University of Sussex
Simon Baker, Curator of Photography and International Art, talks about the exhibition Conflict, Time, Photography, showing at Tate Modern until 15 March 2015
From the seconds after a bomb is detonated to a former scene of battle years after a war has ended this exhibition focuses on the passing of time, tracing a diverse and poignant journey through over 150 years of conflict around the world, since the invention of photograph.
Baker will discuss his innovative decision to order photographs according to how long after the event they were created from moments, days and weeks to decades later. Photographs taken seven months after the fire bombing of Dresden are shown alongside those taken seven months after the end of the First Gulf War. Images made in Vietnam 25 years after the fall of Saigon are shown alongside those made in Nakasaki 25 years after the atomic bomb. The result is the chance to make never-before-made connections while viewing the legacy of war as artists and photographers have captured it in retrospect.
Further reading on the subjects explored as part of this talk and larger exhibition can be found in Julian Stallabrass’s book, Memory of Fire: Images of War and the War of Images, available through the Photoworks Shop.
Organised in collaboration with the Sussex Centre for the Visual
The event is free. All welcome.
For more information please see University of Sussex website here.