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Abigail Solomon-Godeau Public Lecture


Tue 21 Mar 2017, 6:00pm–8:00pm

Where: Massey University Theatrette, Block 10 (Old Museum Building), Buckle Street, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

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Abigail Solomon-Godeau presents Artist, Oeuvre, Corpus and Archive: Thinking through Zofia Rydet’s “Sociological Record."

Although relatively unknown in most of the world, Zofia Rydet (1911-1997) is very well known in her native Poland, especially for her vast and open-ended photographic documentation of (mostly) rural Poles in their homes. First conceived in 1978 when Rydet was 67, the Record continued to expand through the 1980’s. As of 2014, 20,000 of her photographs have been digitally scanned. By the time of her death in 1997, the Record alone had come to encompass approximately 16,000 negatives, many of which she had never printed.

Solomon-Godeau will present her paper that takes Rydet’s project as a point of departure with which to consider the problems posed by such archives in terms of nationalism, (especially Benedict Anderson’s concept of Imagined Communities) of authorship and style, and the complexities of historical remembrance (or forgetting).

Abigail is brought to New Zealand by the Massey University International Visitor Research Fund.

Before becoming an art historian, Abigail Solomon-Godeau was a freelance critic, curator and photographic critic and historian. Her first book, Photography at the Dock: Essays on Photographic History, Institutions, and Practices was published by the University of Minnesota Press in 1991. Her second, Male Trouble: A Crisis in Representation, on the imagery of masculinity in French neoclassicism, was published by Thames & Hudson in 1997. A third book, The Face of Difference: Gender, Race and the Politics of Self-Representation is forthcoming from Duke University Press. Her essays have appeared in such journals as Art in America, Artforum, The Art Journal, Afterimage, Camera Obscura, October, Screen, and have been widely anthologised and translated into various languages. Among the exhibitions she has curated are "The Way We Live Now" (1982), "Sexual Difference: Both Sides of the Camera," (1992),"Mistaken Identities" (with Constance Lewallen) 1994; "The Image of Desire; Femininity, Modernity, and the Birth of Mass Culture in Nineteenth-Century France" (with Beatrice Farwell) in 1998.

For more information on Abigail Solomon-Godeau, please see her website.

Doors open 5:30 pm.

To be held in - 10A02 Lecture Theaterette.

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