Contested Archives: Colonial Photography from Algeria
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Professor Martin Evans and Dr Siobhán Shilton and Mark Sealey will reflect on the role of colonial photography in mediating Algeria’s past since the country’s independence in 1962. The panel will also discuss archives as sites of historical and political contestation that continue to determine Algerian-French relations.
Photographer Boudjelal’s work over the past 10 years has focused on his relationship with Algeria, exploring the intricate links between personal identity, national identity and cultural memory. Martin Evans’ research focuses on the political, social and cultural consequences of empires through the example of the French Empire and modern Algeria. Siobhán Shilton’s interests lie in postcolonial and transnational studies particularly contemporary art and literature exploring cultures of France, the Maghreb, sub-Saharan Africa.
Martin Evans is Professor Of Modern European History at the University of Sussex.
Siobhán Shilton is Senior Lecturer in French at University of Bristol.
Mark Sealy is the Director of Autograph ABP. In 2007, Sealy was awarded the Hood Medal for services to photography by the Royal Photographic Society. He is currently a PhD candidate at Durham University, his research focuses on photography and cultural violence.
Note: Photographer Bruno Boudjelal was originally speaking at this event but is unable to attend.
The event is organised by Katarzyna Falecka.