Photo Impulse research project (PTDC / COM-OUT / 29608/2017) organizes, on May 9, a seminar concerning some issues emerging from the exhibition and reopening of the colonial photographicand filmic archive. This archive constitutes the main object of the research project. The issues under debate comprise questions such as: how to avoid reinforcing the stereotypes contained in these images, how to show them today, respecting the photographed subjects, the majority of which arecolonized subjects represented as subordinates? What if we do not show these images? What dowe benefit in showing them? How to display photographs and films that have been produced for institutional contexts, and were destined to circulate in more restricted forums than that of the “art exhibition” or the “movie session”? How to decolonize our gaze?
We invited Cecilia Järdemar from Konstfack University of Arts in Stockholm, Sweden, to share with us her experience as an artist and researcher working with an archive of photographs produced bySwedish settlers in Congo, at the turn of the 19th century. She will present and discuss her own answers to these ethical and political questions.
The seminar will take place on May 9, from 10 am, at the Manuel Valadares Auditorium, at the National Museum of Natural History and Science, and requires registration for the email firstname.lastname@example.org. The complete program can be consulted on this site.
Swedish/Portuguese artist Cecilia Järdemar has a PhD in Photography from the Royal College of Art, and has exhibited and published internationally. Her photographic, performance and video works have been shown in Sweden, Israel, Mexico, Switzerland, Russia, the UK and Germany, and her writings have been published by the Whitechapel Gallery and Riding House press, among others. For the past 2 years she has worked collaboratively with artists Anna Ekman and Freddy Tsimba, and together they have curated exhibitions for Museé D’Art Contemporain in Kinshasa, Gävle Konsthall, The Centre of Photography, Stockholm and Jönköpings Länsmuseum. A monograph of their work will be published by Sailor Press to coincide with their exhibition at Kalmar Konstmuseum opening in June 2019. Järdemar is a lecturer in Fine Art at Konstfack University of Arts in Stockholm, and artist-in-residence at Linnaeus University during spring 19.