June 2014: Scott Caruth & Valentina Bonizzi

TalkSeePhotography’s June event will see Scott Caruth and Valentina Bonizzi present their individual approaches in working with the politics of representation and the changing role of photography. The event aims to look at how different methodologies in photography practice can address issues of representation.

Caruth will focus on the implications and the strength of the camera. Presenting his collaborative project Moltham: Studio Portraiture from The West Bank, he will discuss the practice of martyr photography as a form of resistance to problematise the victim/terrorist dichotomy and the conception of photography as a medium in crisis.

Bonizzi will present her work developed in Italy, Scotland, and Palestine, exploring the changing role of photography in representing concepts of citizenship and the individual within collective histories. She will give particular attention to site specific installation in rural Italy and in a Refugee Camp in Palestine.

This event aims to activate a discussion around rights of representation and the possibility of photography to generate politically engaged practice. There will be possibility to discuss opposing perspectives such Ariella Azoulay’s concept of photography as a civil contract and critical claims to the camera as an oppressive mechanism as well as the negotiations of poetics and politics of photographic aesthetics.

Valentina Bonizzi is an Italian artist based in Scotland since 2005. She is a AHRC PhD candidate at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (Dundee). Scott Carruth has a BAhons Fine Art Photography from Glasgow School of Art.