Friday September 20, 2013 10:00am – 4:00pm
George C.S. Benson Auditorium, Pitzer College

9:30-10:15am Registration & Refreshments

10:15-10:30am Introductions: Ruti Talmor, with Renée Mussai

10:30am-12:00pm Artist Presentations

10:30-10:45 John Akomfrah, Peripeteia (2012)

10:45-11:00 Carrie Mae Weems, Not Manet’s Type  (1997)

11:00-11:15 Lyle Ashton Harris, Billie / Josephine / Better Days (2002) 

11:15-11.30 Mwangi Hutter, Aesthetic of Uprising II  (2001)

11:30-11:45 Zanele Muholi, Faces & Phases (2006 – present)

12:00-12:30pm Q&A

12:30-1:30pm Break for Lunch

1:30 – 2:00pm Session 1: Contextual Talk: Nana Adusei-Poku, Inscribing Visual Disobediences

2:00 – 3:00pm Session 2: Roundtable conversation with all participants: Chaired by Renée Mussai & Ruti Talmor

3:00 – 4:00pm Session 3: Open discussion with audience and participants: Chaired by Renée Mussai & Ruti Talmor



Nana Adusei-Poku is Applied Research Professor in Cultural Diversity at Rotterdam University/Willem de Kooning Academy & PietZwart Institute and Lecturer in Media Arts at the University of the Arts, Zurich. She has been a visiting scholar at the University of Ghana, Legon; the London School of Economics; and Columbia University, New York.

John Akomfrah is an award-winning artist, filmmaker, lecturer and writer whose critically acclaimed body of work is considered amongst the most distinctive in the contemporary British art world. He is well known for his work with the London based media workshop, Black Audio Film Collective (1982 – 1998).

Lyle Ashton Harris is a New-York based artist and Associate Professor at New York University (Global). His diverse artistic practise ranges across photographic media, collage, installation and performance, often exploring politics of ethnicity, gender and desire on contemporary social and cultural dynamics.

Zanele Muholi is a visual activist born in Umlazi, Durban and currently resides in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her ground-breaking photography and video work is concerned with giving visibility to LGTBQ communities in Africa.

Renée Mussai is a Curator and Head of Archive at Autograph ABP, a photographic arts agency at Rivington Place, London, where she oversees a diverse programme of exhibition, publishing and research initiatives. She is a PhD candidate in Art History at UCL, studying politics of portraiture, gender and sexuality in Africa and the African diaspora.

Mwangi Hutter are based in Germany, and work collaboratively in performance, video, digital photography and installation. Their body of work focuses on the human experience, using themselves as the sounding board for exploring modes of self-knowledge and relationally, social conventions and social justice.

Ruti Talmor is Assistant Professor of Media Studies at Pitzer College, where she teaches and publishes on photography, documentary, queer media, intercultural art praxis, and transnational gender relations. In addition to her academic work, Talmor is a programmer and curator.

Carrie Mae Weems is an American artist and photographer whose extensive body of work employs photographs, text, fabric, audio, installation, and video to examine class and gender issues through the prism of personal experience and African-American heritage.