Photo Albums’ Twisted Meanings: Between nostalgia and trauma

Prague, Czech Republic, 25.-26. November 2021

We cordially invite you to the workshop Photo Albums’ Twisted Meanings: Between nostalgia and trauma which will take place in Prague on 25-26 November 2021.

The workshop is organised by the CVF - Photography Research Centre of the Institute of Art History, CAS, in collaboration with DOX - Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague.

Programme

Thursday 25 November 2021

10:30 – 11:00 Registration

11:00 – 11:15 Introduction

Keynote lecture

11:15 – 12:00 Anna Dahlgren (Stockholm University) The Photo Album as a Medium

12:00 – 12:15 Discussion

12:15 – 13:00 Break (Lunch)

Session 1. Before and After | Historic Events and Affective Moments

13:00 – 13:15 Friedrich Tietjen (Stiftung Reinbeckhallen, Berlin) Private Photography, the Good Life, and Trauma. Observations and hypothesis

13:15 – 13:30 Aiswarya Sanath (Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur) Indian Partition of 1947: Photographs as affective markers

13:30 – 13:45 Martin Kuhar – Stella Fatović-Ferenčić – Silvija Brkić Midžić (Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts) Two photo albums of the Clinic of Otorhinolaryngology in Zagreb: exploring the shifts in visual representation

13:45 – 14:00 Theodor E. Ulieriu-Rostás (National Museum of the Romanian Peasant) Compiling Bucharest in 19th-century photographic albums

14:00 – 14:45 Discussion

14:45 – 15:00 Break

Session 2. Migration, Materiality, and a Sense of Belonging

15:00 – 15:15 Marta Smolińska (University of the Arts in Poznań) – Anne Peschken (Urban Art) “East Side Story” by Anne Peschken and Marek Pisarsky: A corporeal archaeology of photographic albums from the so-called Recovered Territories in Poland

15:15 – 15:30 Vida Bakondy (Austrian Academy of Sciences) “Srce je vezanu za Jugoslaviju” – Negotiations of translocal socialist unity, nostalgia and social critique in an album for President Tito

15:30 – 15:45 Sholeh Shahrokhi (University of California, Berkeley) Family Albums in Flux: Portraits of life and memory across borders

15:45 – 16:00 Cristina Ferreira (University of Oporto) The serendipity of memories, the place of the error in the photo album

16:00 – 16:45 Discussion

16:45 – 17:00 Break Session

3. Raw Material

17:00 – 18:00 Žaneta Turoňová (Museum of Romani Culture, Brno)

19:00 Dinner

Friday 26 November 2021

9:30 – 10:00 Registration and morning coffee

Session 4. Designing a Photo Album

10:00 – 10:15 Steffen Siegel (Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen) The Photo Album and the Family Novel

10:15 – 10:30 Mona Becker (Martin-Luther-Universität HalleWittenberg) Reimagining the Past through Pictures: Photographic Images in the Postmemorial Novel

10:30 – 10:45 Éva Fisli (Hungarian National Museum, Budapest) Leafing Through. Photo albums in the hands of contemporary (women) artists in Hungary

10:45 – 11:00 Martina Hrabová (Prague) Life forgotten in a cigar box: photographs as instruments to identify a social network

11:00 – 11:45 Discussion

11:45 – 12:00 Break

12:00 – 12:30 Closing remarks and discussion

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 17:00 Site visit

It is anticipated that the workshop will be held in the hybrid format. In the event of an adverse epidemiological situation due to COVID-19, it will be held online only. The workshop is organized by CVF – Photography Research Centre of the Institute of Art History, Czech Academy of Sciences, in collaboration with DOX – Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague as part of the research programme Resilient Society for 21st Century. The event is supported by the CAS through the Strategy AV21 programme.

For information on registration and further updates, please follow our website https://cvf.hypotheses.org/

Organisers: Petra Trnková and Barbora Kundračíková

Contact Info:
Institute of Art History, Czech Academy of Sciences
Husova 4, Praha 1
Czech Republic
www.udu.cas.cz
Contact Email: trnkova@udu.cas.cz
URL: https://www.udu.cas.cz/en/akce/photo-albums-twisted-meanings-between-nos...
 

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Type: Call for Papers

Deadline: August 15, 2021

Photo Albums’ Twisted Meanings: Between nostalgia and trauma

25–26 November, 2021, Prague

Photo albums as a subject of historical and theoretical discourse are usually considered an instrument of nostalgic reminiscing or, on the contrary, as a vehicle for the traumatic memories of the creators or their descendants, who were directly confronted with these memories and “postmemories” (Marianne Hirsch). But what about albums divested of the original memories, lacking the “oral scaffolding” (Martha Langford), which have acquired a new, often completely opposite meaning over time – for example, family albums confiscated by the state authorities and discovered by chance in public archives decades later, or aesthetically and visually appealing albums connected with chapters in local history that are generally traumatic? After several decades of postmemory, what was supposed to be a nostalgic or joyful memory has become a confusing and painful reminder. These albums affect us, even though we are only loosely connected to them – through geographical, cultural or linguistic affiliations rather than familiality. Unlike individual photographs, albums are also more substantial and as such make much more pressing claims on the attention of researchers, curators, archivists and laypeople.

One of the main aims of the workshop is to discuss and highlight obscure, forgotten albums reflecting traumatic or forgotten chapters in history, repressed memories or displaced and marginalized groups or individuals. We therefore welcome contributions focusing on individual albums as well as sets of albums, their creators, history, roles or presentation methods. Special attention will be paid to theoretical issues and concepts that can be used to approach this kind of material. However, our attention will mainly – though not exclusively – be directed at selected topics and events from the 20th and 21st centuries, which can be considered on three different levels: Czech or Czechoslovak (the initial focus of the research project); Central European; and global. In the context of the Czech Republic, these might include the post-war confiscations and expulsion of the Germans, the total deployment of the population during World War II, the destruction of villages and settlements in connection with the construction of a defensive line in the border regions, emigration and immigration, minority communities in a linguistically and ethnically relatively homogeneous society, etc.

At the same time, we view photo albums as a complex tool for representing society or individuals, which overlaps with friendship books, scrapbooks, digital records and so on, combining a pictorial component (e.g. photographs, illustrations, postcards) and a textual component (captions, notes, a running commentary, inserted letters etc.), whose meanings change over time.

Questions may include: How can this kind of “twisted” material be interpreted? How to interpret these albums without the “oral scaffolding”? How to interpret them from the position of a person with an affiliative, indirect or very loose connection to the past? How to approach albums with this kind of “twisted meaning” from the position of the current owner, curator, scholar or artist? How to approach this kind of material without identifying with it in any way? How to deal with it without merely being charmed by it or, on the contrary, completely paralysed by it?

We welcome proposals from researchers with various backgrounds, including photo history, art history, anthropology, history, philosophy, art etc.

Abstracts of up to 300 words together with a brief CV (no more than 150 words) should be sent by 15 August 2021 to trnkova@udu.cas.cz.

Authors of accepted submissions will be notified by 31 August 2021.

Presentations will be 20 minutes long.

It is anticipated that the workshop will take place in Prague on 25–26 November 2021. In the event of an adverse epidemiological situation due to COVID-19, the workshop will be held online, or alternatively we will consider rescheduling it.

The workshop is organized by CVF – Photography Research Centre at the Institute of Art History of the Czech Academy of Sciences, in collaboration with DOX – Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague as part of the research programme Resilient Society for 21st Century. The event is supported by the CAS through the Strategy AV21 programme.

Organisers: Petra Trnková and Barbora Kundračíková

More information on https://cvf.hypotheses.org/

Contact Info:
Institute of Art History, Czech Academy of Sciences
Husova 4, Praha 1
Czech Republic
www.udu.cas.cz
Contact Email: udu@udu.cas.cz
URL: https://www.udu.cas.cz/en/akce/photo-albums-twisted-meanings-between-nos...