To mark the inauguration of the temporary Museum of Contemporary Photography of Ireland as part of PhotoIreland 2019, the symposium Photography and the Museum: Contradictory Histories and Contemporary Perspectives will be held on 5 July in The Printworks, Dublin Castle, Dublin.
This symposium forms part of a range of activities scheduled as part of the research group Photography/Archives/Ireland.
It brings together photographers, artists, curators and researchers for a series of conversations about photography and the museum. Speakers include: photo-historian Eléonore Challine (University of Paris, Sorbonne-Pantheon), Alison Nordström (Independent Photography Curator, Boston) and Marco De Mutiis (Digital Curator, Fotomuseum Winterthur). A museum of contemporary photography might offer new approaches and possibilities in relation to the place of photography in the museum, curatorial strategy and scope, policies of collecting, exhibiting practices and knowledge production.
The status of photography has been far from stable in the museum environment. Photography's changing and varied technologies, its ubiquity and potential for reproduction, has made it difficult to contain within discrete institutional boundaries. The prioritisation of the artefact and the ‘unique' original has historically troubled the place of photography in the art museum yet photographs are an integral part of the ecosystem of many museums, making a significant contribution that was until lately both invisible and unacknowledged. What then of a contemporary museum conceived specifically for photography?
This event has been organised by the research group Photography/ Archives/Ireland in association with the PhotoIreland Foundation. Presented in association with the French Embassy in Ireland, with the kind support of the Office of Public Works, TU Dublin - Technological University Dublin, and the Italian Institute of Culture, Dublin.
Registration fee: €5
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