Thursday 25 November 2010, 6.15pm
at Centre for Contemporary Photography.
Gold-coin donation, no bookings required.
Inspired by rumours of WMDs and secret sites in Iraq, American photographer Taryn Simon decided to address secret sites in her own country. For An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar 2006, Simon photographed hidden places and things within US borders. Her subjects range across realms of science, government, medicine, entertainment, nature, security, and religion. As Australians, what do we make of Simon's America, are we both intrigued and repelled? While this series has been described as the 'aesthetic antithesis of photojournalism' Simon draws upon traditions of documentary photography to create this disorienting image of contemporary America.
Director, Centre for Contemporary Photography
Dr Kyla McFarlane
Associate Curator, Centre for Contemporary Photography
Associate Professor Sundhya Pahuja
Melbourne Law School, Director, Law and Development Research Programme, Institute for International Law and the Humanities, University of Melbourne
Professor Alison Young
Criminology Discipline, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne
For a recording of Kyla McFarlane's lecture, click here MP3, 5.3MB
For a recording of Kyla McFarlane's lecture, click here MP3, 9.9MB
For a recording of Alison Young's lecture, click here MP3, 15.8MB
For a recording of Sundhya Pahuja's lecture, click here MP3, 15.4MB