Retrotopia: 'Secretly I will Love you More'

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

17.30, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Photo-like video still of female Dutch settler from 1650s with white cap and lace collar
Andrew Putter, Secretly I Will Love You More, 2007 (still from video). Courtesy the artist.

Speaker(s): Professor Tamar Garb (Durning Lawrence Professor in the History of Art, University College London)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Professor Mignon Nixon

This lecture juxtaposes two contemporary South African works, a landscape photograph by David Goldblatt and a video work by Andrew Putter. Each looks back at the putative ‘founding moment’ of South Africa’s history of segregation and sequestration, the 1650s, when the first Dutch settlers arrived at the Cape to establish a refreshment station and base.  The lecture contrasts two modes of looking back in order to invent a future that might have been and a past that could still be imagined.

Tamar Garb is Durning Lawrence Professor in the History of Art at University College London. She has published extensively on questions of gender and sexuality, the woman artist and the body in nineteenth and early twentieth century French art. Her latest publication in this area is The Body in Time: Figures of Femininity in Late Nineteenth-Century France (University of Washington Press, 2008). She has also published on questions of race and representation and in 1995 she collaborated with Linda Nochlin on a volume of essays entitled The Jew in the Text; Modernity and the Construction of Identity (T&H). More recently Tamar Garb has focused on post-apartheid culture and art as well as the history of photographic practices in Southern Africa. In 2008 she curated an exhibition on Landscape and Language in South African Art entitled Land Marks/Home Lands; Contemporary Art from South Africa at Haunch of Venison Gallery in London. In 2011, her exhibition Figures and Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. was nominated for a Lucie award in Curating. She is currently curating a series of exhibitions for the Walther Foundation, New York and Germany, entitled 'Distance and Desire: Encounters with the African Archive' and is a Leverhulme Research Fellow for 2012-2014.

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