Event Date and time: Thursday 09 February 2017 | 12:30 – 14:00
Venue details: IAS Common Ground, Wilkins Building in the South Wing
Organisers: UCL African Studies
Event cost: Free
Speaker: Professor Tamar Garb
This lecture will look at the politics of portrayal, photography and figuration in relation to the colonial/apartheid archive.
It focuses on Dutch/South African painter Marlene Dumas’ reworking of selected images – both personal and public – in order to question contemporary painting’s capacity to address history, in particular its spectacular/photogenic trace. Using the reworking of both an old school photograph and an iconic depiction of Pauline Lumumba, the lecture asks what painting can do when it takes on the photographic past. At the same time it explores the interpretive filters that have coalesced around the iconic figure of the bare-breasted African widow.