The World We Live In: Contemporary Photography and Activism with Mariama Attah

The World We Live In: Contemporary Photography and Activism with Mariama Attah

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Contemporary Photography and Activism with Mariama Attah from Self Publish, Be Happy on Vimeo.


Thursday, 8 October 2020
Milan 6pm / London 5pm / NYC 12 noon / Los Angeles 9am / Shanghai 12 midnight
2-hour Masterclass
Live on Zoom

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How is the contemporary photograph used as a site of activism and representation? Whose voices have been left out of history and how can we reinsert them into the narrative? And why is it important to give a platform to these perspectives? Curator and editor Mariama Attah will share her thoughts on the social responsibility of photography, visual culture and curating, and explore what these areas are showing us about the world at the moment.
Overwhelming images of climate catastrophe, uplifting images from Black Lives Matter demonstrations, and celebratory images from pride festivals all demonstrate different approaches to using photography as a tool of activism. With a focus on advocating for underrepresented communities and understanding how photography can be used as a tool to raise important issues, Mariama will look at a number of photographers whose work promotes activism, representation and a sense of social responsibility, including Arko Datto, Rahima Gambo, Seba Kurtis, Lorna Simpson and many others.


Mariama Attah is a photography curator and editor with a particular interest in overlooked visual histories, and how photography and visual culture can amplify under- and misrepresented voices. Mariama is curator of Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool and was previously assistant editor of Foam magazine. Prior to this, she was curator of Photoworks, where she was responsible for developing and curating programs and events including Brighton Photo Biennial and  commissioning and managing editor of the magazine Photoworks Annual.

This class will take place on Zoom. Those who register to attend will receive an email with a link to join the lecture through a computer or mobile device prior to the program start time. We recommend participants download the Zoom app on their device prior to the program.

The ticket includes free access to the recording of the class on Vimeo On Demand and a reading list curated by the speaker.

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