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Symposium - Does photography need theory? A discussion

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Join us for this one-day open talk
'Does photography need theory? A discussion', where artists, photographers, academics and philosophers come together to talk about the long-standing complex relationship between theory and practice.

Chaired by Lucy Soutter and Nina Mangalanayagam. Speakers include Daniel Blight, Sarah Pickering, Chris Kul-Want, Duncan Wooldridge.


LUCY SOUTTER
Lucy Soutter is an artist, critic and art historian. She is the Course Leader of the Photography Arts MA at the University of Westminster. She writes about contemporary art and photography for publications including Source, 1000 Words and Aperture, and is the author of Why Art Photography?

NINA MANGALANAYAGAM
Nina Mangalanayagam is a visual artist working with still and moving image. She studied photography at the Royal College of Art and received a PhD by practice from the University of Westminster in 2015. In her practice, Nina explores themes of belonging and hybridity, often using a semi-autobiographical approach. She uses the shifting points of identification one experiences as a mixed heritage subject, to explore the dichotomy of black and white notions of identity. Nina has exhibited in the UK and abroad, and is a visiting lecturer in the UK and Scandinavia.

DANIEL BLIGHT
Daniel C. Blight (b. 1983) is a writer based in London. He is co-editor of Loose Associations, a periodical of new writing on image culture, published by The Photographers’ Gallery; visiting tutor in Critical & Historical Studies at the Royal College of Art and lecturer in photography at the University of Brighton.

SARAH PICKERING
Sarah Pickering is an artist interested in fakes, tests, class, sci-fi, explosions, photography and gunfire. Sarah has extensively exhibited in the UK and internationally, recently as part of Manifesta 11, Zurich 2016, and Something Fierce at the Lannan Foundation, Santa Fe, 2017. Solo exhibitions include Incident Control at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago 2010 and Celestial Objects at Durham Art Gallery, 2013. Her monograph, Explosions, Fires and Public Order is published by Aperture.
Sarah currently holds the post of Senior Teaching Fellow in Photography at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London.

DUNCAN WOOLDRIDGE
Duncan Wooldridge is an artist, writer and curator. He writes frequently for Artforum, Art Monthly, and 1000 Words Magazine. He was the curator of Anti-Photography (Focal Point Gallery) in 2011, and in 2015 curated John Hilliard: Not Black and White, at Richard Saltoun (with a book published by Ridinghouse).
He is the Course Director of Photography at Camberwell College of Arts, UAL.

CHRISTOPHER KUL WANT
Christopher Kul-Want is Course Leader of MRes Art, and Leader of the Art Theory and Philosophy pathway at Central Saint Martins. He is the author of Philosophers on Cinema, From Bergson to Badiou, A Critical Reader (Columbia University press, forthcoming) and Philosophers on Art, From Kant to the Postmodernists, A Critical Reader (Columbia University press, 2010).


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