Restitutions. Photography in Debt with its Past


8, 15, 22, 29 (March)
5, 19, 26 (April)
3, 10, 17 (May)

7 PM

In person and online (except the days 03.29, 05.10 and 05.17, which will be exclusively online)

KBr Fundación MAPFRE Barcelona Photo Center

Av. del Litoral, 30, 08005 Barcelona, Spanje

Lecture cycle Restitutions. Photography in Debt with its Past

What can we say of the archives that preserve images taken during slavery and in concentration camps? Or of photographs depicting an ancestral heritage that has been destroyed or usurped? What of those whose repositories contain photographs of colonial violence, of people who have been executed? And what about photographs depicting contemporary global challenges? What can we say, for example, of albums documenting the extraction of natural resources, or the extinction of multiple species?
Restituciones. La fotografía en deuda con su pasado

Photography is critically confronted with its past and with those who demand that their rights be upheld at a time when numerous claims for reparations have been made. Through ten case studies, this cycle invites us to delve deeper into the growing debates regarding the revision and meaning of tradition in the history of photography. Each session will explore examples of reparations, restitutions, renamings, and the fundamental claims of people who are demanding their rights – situations photography must respond to in this new horizon of healing.

Under direction of artist, art critic and independent curator Carles Guerra, the lecture cycle will feature the following speakers: Ariella Aïsha Azoulay, Teresa Ferré Panisello, Naluwembe Binaisa, Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh, Hilde Van Gelder, Ana Longoni, Michaëla Danjé from the collective Cases Rebelles, Xavier Ribas, T.J. Demos, and Eyal Weizman.

The cycle will take place on-site at KBr Fundación MAPFRE’s auditorium, with the exception of two conferences held exclusively online as noted in the program. On-site sessions will also be streamed online.

On the occasion of the cycle Restitutions. Photography in Debt with its Past, Filmoteca de Catalunya presents a special program around three of the cycle’s talks, those starring Hilde van Gelder, Ana Longoni and Michaëla Danjé / Cases Rebelles Collective. Films screened with be as follow: Les Éclats (Ma gueule, ma révolte, mon nom). Sylvain George, 2011 (April 6); Archivo de la Memoria Trans, chapters 1, 2, 3 and 4. Agustina Comedi and Mariana Bomba, 2021, two more titles to be confirmed (April 20); Fouyé Zetwal. Wally Fall, 2020 and Lumumba, la mort du prophète. Raoul Peck, 1991 (April 27).

The projections will take place the days after the talks and will be respectively presented by the lecturers (see the program).

New registrations will be attended up to 3 hours before the start of each session.

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You can visit the website for more information about the individual lectures or download the pdf file underneath.

Lieven Gevaert Centre
KU Leuven, Faculty of Arts
Blijde Inkomststraat 21 pb 3313
B-3000 Leuven

Lieven Gevaert Centre
UC Louvain, Archéologie et d'histoire d'art
FIAL - Place Blaise Pascal 1 bte L3.03.13
B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve