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Fall 2019 Comparative Literature BC3000 section 001

Call Number 07601
Day & Time
M 4:10pm-6:00pm
501 Diana Center
Points 4
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Diana Matar
Method of Instruction Classroom
Course Description In a time where almost everyone has a camera phone to capture the present, photographic artists are increasingly pointing their practice towards history and memory to give insight into the past. In weekly seminars, we will look at how contemporary global photographers are challenging national narratives and rewriting history. We will engage in the question of how photography, arguably the artistic medium most tied to the present, has been used to explore that which is no longer there. We will look at how photographers from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Middle East have used their contemporary practice to address issues of collective memory as it pertains to dictatorship, state sponsored violence, and contested history.  We will investigate how artists from the world over have employed  photographic practices to explore the inherited legacies and injustices of previous generations. And we will look at how artists have used re-enactment, commemoration, re- imaging, and inclusive archive to explore history and memory within the visual realm.
Over the course of the term, students will develop and deliver an in-depth photographic essay on a subject of their choice that has been approved by the instructor. We will explore subject matter, editing and ways in which testimony and archive can be used to give a more contextual reading to long form photography.
We will study photography as an epistemology in and of itself – that is we will look at long-form photography by the study and critique of photographic essays and photographic monographs. Critically we will be looking beyond the North American photographic canon to view the works of global image-makers. Some of the photographers whose in-depth work we will be exploring are:  An My Le; Lu Guang; Paula Luttringer; Ori Gherst; Rula Halawani; Luis Gonzalez Palma; Jo Ractcliffe; Shoemi Tomatsu; Fazal Sheik; Sophie Ristelheber; Walid Radd; Kikuje Kawada; Joshua Lutz; Rena Effendi and many others. Viewings of their works will be augmented by weekly critical readings in photography and memory. Students will discuss the photographic essays viewed in class and critical readings in weekly seminars as well as  participate in weekly critiques of each other’s works.
Web Site Vergil
Department Comparative Literature and Society @Barnard
Enrollment 10 students (12 max) as of 8:02AM Sunday, February 23, 2020
Subject Comparative Literature
Number BC3000
Section 001
Division Barnard College
Campus Barnard College
Section key 20193CPLT3000X001

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