Event Date and time: Friday 14th July, 2017 | 06:30 – 17:30 

Venue details: Senate Room, Senate House, University of London

Organisers: Institute of Commonwealth Studies 

Event website: Photographs Beyond Ruins: Women and Photography in Africa

Event cost: £20 / £10 concessions

A one-day symposium bringing together researchers and practitioners, and offering an array of historical and contemporary perspectives from across Africa.

This symposium marks the opening of ‘Usakos – Photographs Beyond Ruins: The Old Location albums, 1920s-1960s’, an exhibition at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London. The exhibition centres on three private collections of historic photographs preserved and curated by four women residents of the former ‘Old Location’ in Usakos, an urban railway hub in central Namibia. With a view to reflect the resonances of these personal archives, Paul Grendon’s contemporary photographs enter a visual dialogue with the women’s collections, thereby providing a particular opening into the present and future.

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