AN AESTHETICS OF DISRUPTION: THE LATENT IMAGE AND WAYS NOT TO BE SEEN

AGENCY AND AESTHETICS: A SYMPOSIUM ON THE EXPANDED FIELD OF PHOTOGRAPHY. AUCKLAND ART GALLERY 31 MARCH-1 APRIL 2017 https://www.aucklandartgallery.com/whats-on/event/agency-and-aesthetics

ABSTRACT:

In The Wretched Screen, Hito Steyerl interrogates the poor and latent image, the withdrawal from representation and the disappearance of people in the real and cyber worlds, observing that “photographic or moving images are dangerous devices of capture: of time, affect, productive forces, and subjectivity.” The concept of the disappearing subject and the latent image is also of concern for Australian photographer Cherine Fahd and Beirut/Paris-based artists Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige. While Fahd reimagines the body as simulated, performed, observed and camouflaged, Hadjithomas and Joreige explore the conditions that cause an image to withdraw, to hide or to disappear through photography and film. This paper considers the concept of the aesthetics of disruption to examine the work of Fahd, Steyerl, Hadjithomas and Joreige in terms of their investigations into the subject and image as concealed, displaced, disrupted and unseen.

SYMPOSIUM: The symposium included papers from international speakers including a keynote by Abigail Solomon-Godeau on Art Photography in the Age of Catastrophe. PROGRAMME