artalks: Documentation, Dominance and the Photography of People in Native America

US anthropologist, Professor James Faris, will present a talk at Sydney College of the Arts on Wednesday 22 April, 1 to 2pm. Faris is the recipient of various grants and awards, including the Fulbright and Ford Foundation scholarships. He has taught at the University of Maryland, McGille University in Montreal, University of Connecticut and in the past, was a visiting professor at the University of Khartoum in Sudan.

Faris is being hosted by Casula Powerhouse and will present a talk titled: Documentation, Dominance and the Photography of People in Native America.

Rights to one’s own image are governed by a myriad of peculiar laws, commonly different for every country. These, however, hardly ever serve indigenous people, and they remain fodder for the West’s imperialist ocular consumption. This lecture traces some of these laws, their application to the photography of indigenous people and offers a critique of their use. Given these framing mechanisms, it will be argued the camera is not and can never be a simple technological device that offers a truthful visual record of a past moment in time.

When: Wednesday 22 April, 1 to 2pm
Where: SCA Lecture Theatre
Cost: FREE

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