Representation and responsibility

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  • UndervisingssemesterHaust
  • EmnekodeKMD-MAK-316
  • Talet på semester1
  • Ressursar

Mål og innhald

This course looks at the problematics of representations others in image-making with reference to some controversial cases, and some that may suggest an ethical way of representing others. A key question is who gets to represent whom, and what considerations should go into making such decisions. Artworks, exhibitions, texts, films and other sources are listed as a guide to further reading and examples that may be relevant for the conversation.


Artists: Catherine Opie, Portraits (1993¿1997); Candice Breitz, Rainbow Series (1996), Wu Tsang, Wildness (2012); Dana Schutz, Open Casket (2016); Thomas Hirschorn, De-Pixelation (2017); Banu Cenneto¿lu, The List (2018).

Exhibitions: Whitney Biennial (1993 and 2017); Global Feminisms (2007); Trigger: Gender as Weapon and Tool at the New Museum (2017).

Film: John Akomfrah, The Stuart Hall Project (2013)

Reading: Gayatri Spivak, Can the Subaltern Speak? (1988); Stuart Hall, `The Afterlife of Frantz Fanon: Why Fanon? Why Now? Why Black Skin, White Masks?¿ in Alan Read, The fact of blackness: Frantz Fanon and visual representation (1996); Susan Sontag: Regarding the Pain of Others (2003); Judith Butler: Frames of War: When is life grievable (2009); Candice Hopkins, `The Appropriation Debates¿, Mousse 60 (2017).


This course raises some of the issues which are important to consider for anyone working with representation and imagery today.

Krav til forkunnskapar

Reflection around representations of others.

Undervisningsformer og omfang av organisert undervisning

Seminar and group discussions. The seminar section resembles a taught class, while the afternoon session is organised according to what the students would like to discuss, based on the morning session. Student participation is encouraged in both session, and people should feel free to bring their own examples.