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Shawn Michelle Smith: Photographic Reenactments: Carrie Mae Weems’s Constructing History, 28.01.2019

As part of the Lecture series "Violence of the Arts" of the DFG Research Training Group “Knowledge in the Arts” in cooperation with Studium Generale, UdK Berlin

Im Rahmen der Ringvorlesung „Gewalt in den Künsten" des DFG-Graduiertenkollegs „Das Wissen der Künste“ in Kooperation mit dem Studium Generale der UdK Berlin


Foto: Gestaltung: Bierler Brell


Monday, 28.01.2019 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Montag, 28.01.2019, 18–20 Uhr

Universität der Künste Berlin
Medienhaus (Aula) 
Grunewaldstr. 2–5
10823 Berlin

Shawn Michelle Smith – Visual and Critical Studies, Chicago
Photographic Reenactments: Carrie Mae Weems’s Constructing History
(in English/in englischer Sprache)

This lecture focuses on Carrie Mae Weems’s photograph series Constructing History, in which Weems and students reenact famous photographs from the U.S. Civil Rights era. It discusses the elegiac and ambivalent nature of Weems’s recreations, which are often focused on assassinations, and proposes that the photographs enact a form of melancholia that creates an affective openness to the past and calls attention to a political project that remains unfinished. Constructing History highlights the complex relationship between photography and memory. Through photographic reenactment the work emphasizes the embodied nature of historical memory and amplifies the disruptive temporality of both photography and performance.


Shawn Michelle Smith is Professor of Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has published six books on the history and theory of photography in the United States and gender and race in visual culture, including most recently Photography and the Optical Unconscious (Duke University Press, 2017), co-edited with Sharon Sliwinski, and At the Edge of Sight: Photography and the Unseen (Duke University Press, 2013), which won the 2014 Lawrence W. Levine Award for best book in American cultural history from the Organization of American Historians. She currently serves on the editorial advisory boards of Journal of Photography and Culture and Journal of Visual Culture.  This lecture is drawn from her forthcoming book, Photographic Returns: Racial Justice and the Time of Photography.



Ringvorlesung „Gewalt in den Künsten"/ Lecture series "Violence in the Arts"

Further Date/weiterer Termin:

4. Februar 2019: Pêdra Costa

Konzept: Elsa Guily, Grit Köppen, Sebastian Köthe
Organisation: Juana Awad, Renate Wöhrer, Team Studium Generale
Support: Johanna Heyne, Sarah Hampel, Alicja Schindler


Das vollständige Programm finden Sie hier.
You can find the programme here.



If you have any questions please contact / Bei Fragen wenden Sie sich gern an:
Juana Awad
Graduiertenkolleg „Das Wissen der Künste”, UdK Berlin
Einsteinufer 43–53, Raum 214, 10587 Berlin
E-mail: j.awad@udk-berlin.de




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