PHOTO OXFORD 2017
The Photo Oxford exhibition programme was accompanied by a series of talks and events, including an afternoon symposium.
Join us for an afternoon of stimulating discussions with artists, curators and academics that draw on the themes and theories explored in Photo Oxford 2017, a series of explorations into the complex and often contradictory relationship between photography’s capacity to both conceal and reveal.
Thursday September 7th
The Weston Library’s Lecture Theatre
University of Oxford
Introductions: Richard Ovenden, Bodley’s Librarian and Chair of Photo Oxford
Richard Ovenden is Bodley’s Librarian, the 25th person to hold the title, which is the senior executive position of the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford. He was educated at Durham University and University College London, and has worked as a professional librarian since 1985. He has served on the staff of Durham University Library, the House of Lords Library, the National Library of Scotland (as Deputy Head of the Rare Books Section), the University of Edinburgh (as Director of Collections), and since 2003 at the Bodleian Libraries (first as Keeper of Special Collections, from 2011-2014 as Deputy Librarian, the Bodleian Libraries, then from 2014 as Bodley’s Librarian). Ovenden is Chair of the Board of Trustees, Photo Oxford.
Overview of Photo Oxford content and Conceal/Reveal curatorial thesis: Tim Clark and Greg Hobson
Tim Clark and Greg Hobson are the guest curators of Photo Oxford 2017.
Lecture: Professor Val Williams on the practice of reconceptualising photographic archives
Val Williams is a writer, curator, Professor of the History and Culture of Photography and Director of the Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC) at University of the Arts London. She is a co-editor of the Journal of Photography & Culture and has curated exhibitions for the Barbican Art Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Media Museum, Tate Britain and the British Council.
In Conversation: Taco Hidde Bakker discusses Taking Off. Henry, My Neighbor with artist Mariken Wessels
Mariken Wessels is an artist based in Amsterdam. She has exhibited at The Hague Museum of Photography, The Nederlands Fotomuseum and FOMU Antwerp, among others. Her books include Taking Off. Henry, My Neighbor (2015), which one the prestigious Author Book Award at Arles 2016, Don't Forget (2012), He Was There(2012), Who (2012), Keepsake/Monument (2011), Queen Ann. P.S. Belly Cut Off (2010), Elisabeth – I Want to Eat (2008) and Nederland (2007).
Taco Hidde Bakker is a freelance writer, translator and researcher. He completed a MA in Photographic Studies at Leiden University with a thesis on the intersection of photo theory and visual anthropology. Subsequently, he worked as researcher on the large-scale, multi-platform documentary project The Last Days of Shishmaref with Paradox and Dana Lixenberg. His writings on the works of photographers and artists have been published in several books, catalogues, and periodicals such as Camera Austria International, FOAM Magazine, EXTRA (Fotomuseum Antwerp), British Journal of Photography and Aperture’s The PhotoBook Review. His first printed collection of essays is due for publication with Fw:Books in Spring 2018.
Lecture: Writer Daniel C. Blight on Edgar Martins’ Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death, Life and Other Interludes
Daniel C. Blight is a writer based in London. He is co-editor of Loose Associations, a periodical of new writing on image culture, published by The Photographers’ Gallery; visiting tutor in Critical & Historical Studies at the Royal College of Art and lecturer in photography at the University of Brighton.
In Conversation: Curators Tim Clark and Greg Hobson discuss the Russian Criminal Tattoo Archive with its owners, FUEL (Damon Murray and Stephen Sorrell)
With a focus on contemporary art, FUEL was founded by Murray and Sorrell in 1991, and has developed long-term relationships with a number of artists, galleries and publishers, specialising in the design and production of catalogues and monographs.
In Conversation: Martin Parr discusses the making of his newly-commissioned project Oxford, created for the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford University Press and Photo Oxford, with Richard Ovenden, followed by a book signing
Martin Parr is one of the best-known documentary photographers of his generation. With over 90 books of his own published, and another 30 edited by Parr, his photographic legacy is already established. Parr also acts as a curator and editor. He has curated two photography festivals, Arles in 2004 and Brighton Biennial in 2010. More recently Parr curated the Barbican exhibition, Strange and Familiar. Parr has been a member of the Magnum agency since 1994 and is currently the President. In 2013 Parr was appointed the visiting professor of photography at the University of Ulster. Parr’s work has been collected by many of the major museums, from the Tate, the Pompidou and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.